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Billy Gaines, co-founder of beer pong accessory website BPONG.com and organizer of the World Series of Beer Pong Tournament, attributes the gaining interest in beer pong to the love of the game and not the opportunity to drink excessively. “We got into it because we love the game of beer pong. I don’t know why, but there’s something about the game. I think it’s really the competition. The media misrepresents the game so often. It’s not about chugging. We’re focused on the positive aspects, the socialization and the competition aspects of it.”

Webster, of the San Diego Beer Pong League, agrees. He says that the option to replace the beer with water is available to everyone. “I haven’t seen anyone using water yet, but they can.”

He also weighed in on the issue of excessive drinking. “It’s clear people are going to socially drink, whether they are playing games or not. Surprisingly, we find that a lot of teams in our leagues keep their drinking at reasonable level. There is nothing worse than letting your teammate down in double overtime because you are too drunk to focus.” — Dorian Hargrove

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