Neknominate: Australia's extreme Facebook drinking game goes viral
The game involves daring others to find different ways to drink alcohol
Heather Saul is a digital reporter for The Independent, currently working on the People desk. She has written news and features across a number of topics, paying particular attention to the activities of Isis and events in Iraq, Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Wednesday 15 January 2014
An extreme drinking game in Australia is currently storming social media, after videos of people ‘downing’ alcoholic drinks in bizarre and potentially dangerous ways continue to go viral.
Neknominate sees people filming themselves “skolling” or downing drinks before setting a challenge for another person to complete.
One Facebook page dedicated to the craze reads: "Neck your drink. Nominate another. Don't break the chain, don't be a d**k. The social drinking game for social media! #neknominate. Drink Responsibly."
Another reads: “The neknominator has the honor (after posting a video of themselves sculling/chugging a beer) of calling out or "#neknominating" two neknominees. Enjoy!”
Videos have seen one drinker being held upside down by his legs while he drinks alcohol from a toilet bowl, and another drinking beer on a garage before somersaulting into a nearby pool.
In another video, a man is hit with objects while drinking and a firework is thrown at him, before his shorts are set on fire.
Police in Victoria are currently investigating one incident where a 21-year-old man is filmed travelling through Melbourne in the back of a car boot. The car stops and the man climbs out, 'necks' a beer and then climbs back in. Police have interviewed both the driver and the man, The Herald Sun has reported.
This man drinks before he prepares to jump into the sea
Dr Sarah Jarvis, medical adviser to alcohol education charity Drinkaware warned competitions to drink excessively in a short space of time can be dangerous, and putting videos of these episodes online could affect people in the long term.
"Quite apart from the risk of accident or injury as a result of drinking to excess, there is another aspect to these online drinking games which is the “cybershame” some young people may experience," she said.
"Drinkaware research shows nearly half (47 per cent) of 18-24 year olds admitted un-tagging drunk photos of themselves that they didn’t want others to see. However there is still a chance that these photos may be seen by universities and prospective employers. So while it may seem like a lot of fun at the time, the range of negative consequences are no laughing matter.”
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