Two seniors at George Washington University decided to find out how much bacteria is involved in a typical game of Beirut. Their findings are, well, less than shocking:
“It was pretty obvious what we were going to find. It’s pretty clear that beer pong isn’t exactly a clean game, between people drinking out of the same cups, and the ball falling on the floor,” Heffner said.
So to test their hypothesis Heffner and Morrissey set up their own game of beer pong, had eight people play for three hours, going through about a 30-pack of beer before ending the night and letting the bacteria settle.
“We used brand-new balls and cups so that nothing would have any sort of bacteria on it before the game,” Heffner said.
Heffner and Morrissey returned to the table the next morning to gather their test tubes and observed them under the microscope. Heffner and Morrissey said the results were startling — every single test tube had bacteria in it.
Heffner said that from one night’s worth of playing the typical college drinking game, they found high levels of a bacterial family that contains such species as E. coli, pneumonia and salmonella.