How to Drink Beer Through Your Nose




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The is a great trick for students or anybody who finds themselves in the pub with little or no money as you can normally get someone to buy you a drink if you say that you'll drink it through your nose. There are a few things to watch out for though.

Firstly, it's advisable to be slightly tipsy before trying the trick as this dulls the slight pain you will feel in your sinuses as the beer percolates upwards. Also, when trying this for the first time, do it with a small, tall glass rather than a wide brimmed pint glass as you will get a better seal on your face and are less likely to spill it down your face. Also, and this may be obvious unless you have started drinking already, clear any snot out of your chosen nostril.

Difficulty: ..........
Cost:..........Get your drink for free - do it for a dare.
Satisfaction:..........Excellent party piece.
Hazards:..........Possible yeast infection of sinuses. Risk of drowning.

Step 1: Seal the Glass on Your Nose

Drink some of the beer and then press the half empty glass against your nose until it seals against your nostril.

Step 2: Check for Leakage

Slowly raise the back end of the glass upwards and check if beer is leaking down your face or going into your nose. Re-adjust the beer glass on your face until it stops leaking out.

Step 3: Swallow the Beer

You will feel a dull burning sensation in your sinuses and then beer will flow into your mouth. Now is the time to start swallowing and slowly raise the back of your glass until it is empty.

Step 4: Celebrate

Slam the empty glass down on the bar and roar out loud like a lion as this will make your sponsor feel like he has got his money's worth and he may even buy you another drink.

Although this is obviously a comedy act, but please drink sensibly!

Another thing, it might be advisable to repeat the process afterwards with distilled water to wash the beer out of your sinuses.

Some useful links:

Attempt to drink a pint with a nasal straw

Pro barmen drinks a half pint on TV show

Is nose drinking dangerous?

Drinking water through the nose

Water nose drinking video



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    55 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Okay now I have to go find someone who will buy me a beer


    3 years ago

    So I have done this multiple times probably close to 100 when I was in college many years ago. I have survived without any complications. I guess I was lucky. I had a college radio show for 4 years call Beer in your Nose and my buddies band, the Meister Squad even wrote a song about it. Exciting times for me. By the way it worked much better straight from the bottle and you can actually drink from 2 bottles simultaneously. Great for parties.

    1 reply

    When liquid (or food) enters the lung it's called 'aspiration pneumonia'....can damage the lungs...cause swelling or a blockage that leads to infection as bacterial pneumonia! Good God! How desperate do you have to be for a beer you'd risk this?


    3 replies

    Thanks for you comment Jo. I'm not a medical expert, but I would think there would be greater risk of drowning than aspiration pneumonia. Personally, I've breathed in many different foreign objects, the most recent one being a fly, which stayed lodged in my lungs for about 2 hours and then got coughed up in my hand. Before anybody asks ..... I'm sorry but the fly was dead and no, I did not get an infection.

    Everything we do in life has a risk and even doing nothing can be really bad for our health. I guess all we can do is be aware of how dangerous something is and then weigh up whether it's worth it or not. I used to go windsurfing on 14' waves - 1000 times more dangerous than nose beer drinking. Would I do it again - absolutely yes!

    sandystarr28Tecwyn Twmffat

    Reply 4 years ago

    Aspiration pneumonia is a very serious condition. I have problems swallowing and frequently get fluid in my lungs. I almost died twice when I stopped breathing and my heart stopped. I still think that this sounds very dangerous. Sterile salt water is one thing, but yeasty beer is another thing entirely. But then, I am not the one doing it.

    Thanks for your comment Sandy. Sorry to hear you have health issues and, judging by all the comments, this is a dangerous thing to do.

    Yeah, I don't think I'd want a yeast infection in my nose either. Initially, I was thinking you'd gain some street cred from getting the infection, but now I think you'd just get teased.

    Since this comments section has started to get weird, I thought we could start talking in a weird languge eg. Hindi. Highlight and right clink on this for a Bing translation:

    अजीब होने के नाते मजेदार है

    Unfortunately, there is no word in Hindi for weird, just 'funny'.


    4 years ago

    This place went from being a nice - fest to just weird.

    1 reply

    Thanks for your comment Mario2007 - nothing wrong with weird - I used to be a musician in a previous life and produced some incredibly weird music with some amazing people. I even made an instrument out of a dead goat and a tape measure.

    Well, we use other alcohol drinks, like vodka, ron etc... I think these are less dangerous than beer because of the yeast that may cause the growth of bacteria and thus a potential nasal infection.