Drinking Rules According to Country Music


If you grew up in a conservative household or in church, you probably had a pretty weird relationship with alcohol at one point of another. It’s a rite of passage– figuring out the gray areas in life. Luckily for us, country music makes it easy to know how to handle alcohol.

Let’s start at the beginning.

1. Don’t make it complicated. 

Eric Church says it best, “put a drink in my hand.” So, we know where to start now, with the simple act of putting a drink in your hand.

2. Top it off. 

If you’re curious as to how much alcohol should be in your cup at any point, Luke Bryan wants it filled up. This is only after you “back it on up” though can you “fill your cup up.” Revert to rule No. 1 and don’t make it complicated– just fill your cup up. Lee Brice confirms filling up your cup in “Parking Lot Party.”

3. Whenever, wherever. 

Little Big Town makes it pretty easy to know when or where to drink, “don’t need a reason or a happy hour.” Reason or not, they do seem to be big proponents of drinking in the daytime, outside under the sun.

After you’ve figured out the basic drinking rules, you can dive into more complicated areas.

4. Drink it when it’s cold. 

Little Big Town knows just when to drink– “don’t drink it if the mountains aren’t blue.” All of “Pontoon” is one big PSA on drinking, really. It’s always best to follow their advice.

5. There’s only one drink that goes with everything.

According to the Brothers Osborne “Rum” mixes pretty well with everything, including love, good weather and the sun.

6. Drink in the right order.

Carrie Underwood, like anyone, knows you shouldn’t drink “Wine After Whiskey.” It’s just not going to taste right.

7. Beer works for all species. 

If you’re trying to decide what to let your livestock drink, Toby Keith and Willie Nelson think “beer for my horses” works best. Good rule of thumb: hard liquor for humans, beer and wine for livestock.

8. Approach tequila with caution. 

This rule seems obvious, but it’s like the Gospel– you can always hear it again. Be careful around tequila, because just like John Anderson says, “She’s friendly, and fun lovin’ most of the time, but don’t ask her on a straight tequila night.”  Tequila makes even the most friendly person terrifying.

And most importantly…

9. Know your limits. 

Only you can know your limits, so learn them early. If you still need a little help figuring out said limit, Dierks Bentley advises to, “sip a little more than you know you should.”

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