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Don’t Play This Viral Drinking Game, It’s Killing People

“The game, known as Neknominate, is thought to have originated in Australia and is now sweeping the world. It involves you filming yourself downing a drink — often alcoholic and of large quantities — and then nominating a friend to outdo you. All this is posted on social media — be it Facebook or YouTube.

But what started for some as fun has turned deadly; at least five men aged under 30 have died after drinking deadly cocktails. Now health professionals are warning young people of the risks of consuming large amounts of alcohol in a short time.

“This is a lethal game,” Dr. Sarah Jarvis, medical adviser for the UK-based charity Drinkaware, told CNN. “The point about alcohol is that it affects your ability to recognize that you’re in danger, and it absolutely affects your ability to react to danger. So we have a double whammy.”

There appears to be no limit to the type of drinks that are consumed, and in what matter. Each nomination becomes more and more daring and outlandish.”* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down.

*Read more here from Peter Wilkinson & Isa Soares / CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/18/world/europe/neknominate-drinking-game/

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