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Suffolk: Health chief warns against NekNominate after two die following online drinking game

16:12 13 February 2014

The dangerous online craze NekNominate “is not a game that anyone can win”.

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That’s the message from Suffolk’s director of public health Tessa Lindfield about the game which has played a part in the deaths of two men.

Earlier this week we reported that former Colchester Royal Grammar School student Isaac Richardson from Tolleshunt Knights, near Colchester, who is beleievd to have been the first British victim of the so-called ‘NekNominate’ game after downing a lethal concoction of wine and spirits at a backpackers hostel in Woolwich, south London, where he was working part-time.

Health officials and the police have both issued warnings about NekNominate and other online drinking games sweeping across social media.

And the key message is this: Don’t get out of your depth.

The game sees participants drinking, or ‘necking’, large amounts of alcohol, sometimes mixed with other ingredients and often in strange or public places.

They film themselves and then post the video on Facebook where they nominate someone else to continue the game.

Quite apart from the obvious health risks, the problem with this type of thing is that it invites people to go ‘one better’ than others,” Ms Lindfield said.

“The temptation therefore is to escalate the extremity of the behaviour until it gets out of hand, which is unfortunately what we are seeing in a number of cases around the UK.

“Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol - or mixing alcohol with other toxic substances - can lead to tragedy.

“Our advice is to be smart to the dangers and decline any invitations to join in. This is not a game that anyone can win.”

Chief Superintendent Jon Brighton, Suffolk police’s county policing commander, agreed with Ms Lindfield’s comments.

He said: “Neknominate is a worrying trend. We would also advise people to stay away from these types of games as taking part in any dare, especially when there is alcohol involved, risks accident and serious injury.”

Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner said: “I am really saddened to hear that young people have died in this very highly dangerous practice.

“It seems that people just don’t consider of the consequences of this grave and foolish act.

“I certainly don’t want to stop people having fun but I really don’t want anyone, under peer pressure, to do anything stupid, which could result in them being criminalised, or even worse affecting their health or threatening their life.

“I am reassured that we have had no reported incidents of anyone coming to harm in Suffolk and I hope that remains the case.”

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8 comments

  • Interesting comment from someone who goes by the name of beerlover. Ipswich Entrepreneur has got it about right. Since the advent of the internet you can find out anything about just about anything

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    Robotix

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • "And the key message is this: Don’t get out of your depth" exactly as the quote says.....its all a bit of fun but as with everything some people have to go that extra bit further with severe consequences.

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    I'm right,your not!!

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • It eliminates people stupid enough to play it from the gene pool. Not all bad then...

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    beerlover

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I have never heard of it... this said I do not use facebook... drinking games have been around for centuries... thousands have died from them.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Waspie's wife..The acceptance of turning over our towns and cities to a night time economy of clubs and bars. The relaxing of alcohol drinking hours and accessibility and the acceptance that police hours will be tied up dealing with and chaperoning binge drinkers....has led to a generation with an irresponsible attitude to drink. Born out by the abuse we see of A&E . Add the internet and a few idiots are copied by other immature fools.

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    waspie

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I blame the parents.

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    skrich

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Beerlover has hit the nail on the head. His name although implying he likes a drink or six that he is old enough to know when to draw a line . Plus it reads BEERLOVER not run the optics in a bucket and top it up with the pumps lover does it ( no im not having a go at you beerlover im with you on this) If people are stupid enough to do it then face the results simple really you know the possible outcome you accept the risk. They have to put up and shut up really

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    Mr cynical

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Waspie's wife..The acceptance of turning over our towns and cities to a night time economy of clubs and bars. The relaxing of alcohol drinking hours and accessibility and the acceptance that police hours will be tied up dealing with and chaperoning binge drinkers....has led to a generation with an irresponsible attitude to drink. Born out by the abuse we see of A&E . Add the internet and a few idiots are copied by other immature fools.

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    waspie

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

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