Police warning over 'NekNomination' drinking craze

Bournemouth Echo: Police warning over 'NekNomination' drinking craze Police warning over 'NekNomination' drinking craze

DORSET youngsters are being warned to say no to a dangerous drinking game which has claimed four lives in little more than a week.

The ‘NekNomination’ craze sweeping social media can have lethal consequences, the county’s police force has warned.

The game sees a nominated person filming themselves downing a potentially lethal concoction – mostly a mixture of alcoholic drinks, but in some cases washing up liquid and even urine – posting it to social media and then ‘nominating’ two internet friends to take part.

Dorset Police Superintendent Andrew Clowser said: “Drinking games such as this may appear harmless but usually encourage irresponsible drinking.

“Such games may seem fun and exciting but could have life threatening consequences.

“I ask that people do not react to peer pressure and always remember to drink responsibly, otherwise they could be putting themselves in danger.”

So far four young men have died from taking part in the game. At the weekend, Stephen Brookes, aged 29 from Cardiff died after downing a pint of vodka and Isaac Richardson, 20, collapsed in London after reportedly wanting to try to ‘outdo’ other participants in a NekNominate contest.

In Ireland, Ross Cummins, aged 22, collapsed after reportedly downing spirits and the body of Jonny Byrne, aged 19, was found in a river after he jumped in as part of a dare in a separate incident.

Dorset County Hospital has so far not had anyone admitted after playing the lethal game and staff are hoping it stays that way.

Alison Tong, director of nursing at the hospital, said: “We would strongly advise anyone against taking part in these sorts of drinking games.

“Young people especially have a lower tolerance to mixed alcoholic drinks.

“Alcohol poisoning is extremely serious and can lead to death.”

Meanwhile, there are also fears that animals across the county may have come to harm as the craze takes grip.

The Echo has been told of Dorset youngsters reportedly drinking urine and beer with things like moisturiser and insects as part of the dare.

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs – the biggest youth movement in the UK – is urging members to heed the warnings.

Although no local members are believed to have taken part, Adam Penney, chairman of the Dorset Young Farmers Club, said: “I completely agree with the national line.

“It’s been quite worrying- people have done some very silly things.

“Unfortunately it shows the negative power that social media can have.

“We can’t stop anyone from taking part but we want to make them aware of the implications it could have.”

RSPCA investigating complaints

The RSPCA is still investigating whether any of the complaints it has received about NekNominations involving animals have come from Dorset.

So far 14 calls have been made about nominees swallowing live fish, an offence under the Animal Welfare Act.

Because investigations are still ongoing, the charity is unable to confirm yet whether they have taken place in the county. RSPCA wildlife scientist Nicola White said: “We have had quite a few similar cases reported to us in a very short space of time – but this could be just the tip of the iceberg as there’s probably many more we have not been told about. Eating a live animal and posting of a film of it on the internet is not some light-hearted joke – it is unacceptable.

“We urge people not to take part in this horrible craze and to report to us anyone who is taking part.”

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9:09am Tue 25 Feb 14

BoscVegas says...

Typical police about 2 weeks too late.

Nominate Samantha Harman.
Typical police about 2 weeks too late. Nominate Samantha Harman. BoscVegas
  • Score: 9

9:34am Tue 25 Feb 14

MrDMan says...

BoscVegas wrote:
Typical police about 2 weeks too late.

Nominate Samantha Harman.
Yeah, I was about to say that Dorset Police are a little late to the party on this one.
Or perhaps the echo is late to report on it. It's certainly died down now.

To be honest, this is natural selection at its finest. Someone drinks a pint or more of straight spirits and dies.....
[quote][p][bold]BoscVegas[/bold] wrote: Typical police about 2 weeks too late. Nominate Samantha Harman.[/p][/quote]Yeah, I was about to say that Dorset Police are a little late to the party on this one. Or perhaps the echo is late to report on it. It's certainly died down now. To be honest, this is natural selection at its finest. Someone drinks a pint or more of straight spirits and dies..... MrDMan
  • Score: 14

9:58am Tue 25 Feb 14

Chris the plumber says...

sound like suicide to me! and as suicide is no longer a criminal offence
why are Dorset Police bothering with these idiots when they have so many other pressing duties to perform.
sound like suicide to me! and as suicide is no longer a criminal offence why are Dorset Police bothering with these idiots when they have so many other pressing duties to perform. Chris the plumber
  • Score: -3

10:24am Tue 25 Feb 14

mark.s says...

There must be a certain amount of 'Darwinism' at play here, I mean downing a pint of Vodka?! It really doesn't take much intelligence to realise that might end badly.

There is only so much the state and the media can do to protect people from their own stupidity. I appreciate there are families involved here, they will be shocked and grieving and I don't wish to be harsh. But if people are going to do ridiculous and dangerous stunts of their own accord - that's up to them.
There must be a certain amount of 'Darwinism' at play here, I mean downing a pint of Vodka?! It really doesn't take much intelligence to realise that might end badly. There is only so much the state and the media can do to protect people from their own stupidity. I appreciate there are families involved here, they will be shocked and grieving and I don't wish to be harsh. But if people are going to do ridiculous and dangerous stunts of their own accord - that's up to them. mark.s
  • Score: 8

10:46am Tue 25 Feb 14

Adrian XX says...

Swallowing live fish is not an offence under the Animal Welfare Act - that is a ridiculous claim.
Swallowing live fish is not an offence under the Animal Welfare Act - that is a ridiculous claim. Adrian XX
  • Score: -4

12:24pm Tue 25 Feb 14

paul.p says...

mark.s wrote:
There must be a certain amount of 'Darwinism' at play here, I mean downing a pint of Vodka?! It really doesn't take much intelligence to realise that might end badly.

There is only so much the state and the media can do to protect people from their own stupidity. I appreciate there are families involved here, they will be shocked and grieving and I don't wish to be harsh. But if people are going to do ridiculous and dangerous stunts of their own accord - that's up to them.
The truth is that some Humans are beyond all help, let them carry on, they probably weren't supposed to be on the planet in the first place.

Heck, why not go the whole hog and give them a gun with one bullet in it....too harsh maybe?

It would also help if baby breeders would just think before creating.
[quote][p][bold]mark.s[/bold] wrote: There must be a certain amount of 'Darwinism' at play here, I mean downing a pint of Vodka?! It really doesn't take much intelligence to realise that might end badly. There is only so much the state and the media can do to protect people from their own stupidity. I appreciate there are families involved here, they will be shocked and grieving and I don't wish to be harsh. But if people are going to do ridiculous and dangerous stunts of their own accord - that's up to them.[/p][/quote]The truth is that some Humans are beyond all help, let them carry on, they probably weren't supposed to be on the planet in the first place. Heck, why not go the whole hog and give them a gun with one bullet in it....too harsh maybe? It would also help if baby breeders would just think before creating. paul.p
  • Score: 4

1:09pm Tue 25 Feb 14

username is already in use says...

Go hard or go home, uni students these days wouldn't of lasted 3 hours with me in my prime
Go hard or go home, uni students these days wouldn't of lasted 3 hours with me in my prime username is already in use
  • Score: -2

1:25pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Pablo23 says...

username is already in use wrote:
Go hard or go home, uni students these days wouldn't of lasted 3 hours with me in my prime
Is that you Gazza?
[quote][p][bold]username is already in use[/bold] wrote: Go hard or go home, uni students these days wouldn't of lasted 3 hours with me in my prime[/p][/quote]Is that you Gazza? Pablo23
  • Score: 8

2:49pm Tue 25 Feb 14

psatlast says...

Wow!A police warning! That's going to stop them isn't it!!This a prime example of the down side of social media and the idiots it attracts.These are the ones for whom "Twitter"is a mis-spelling.(Work it out yourself,I'm not allowed to print it).
Wow!A police warning! That's going to stop them isn't it!!This a prime example of the down side of social media and the idiots it attracts.These are the ones for whom "Twitter"is a mis-spelling.(Work it out yourself,I'm not allowed to print it). psatlast
  • Score: 1

6:48pm Tue 25 Feb 14

beachcomber1 says...

actually any natural selection at play will be favouring individuals who have an above average tolerance for alcohol, so if this continued it would eventually result in a race of superdrinkers.
actually any natural selection at play will be favouring individuals who have an above average tolerance for alcohol, so if this continued it would eventually result in a race of superdrinkers. beachcomber1
  • Score: 1

7:47pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Tictock says...

Perhaps its the Echo who should be asked why they are promoting this police response now? Slack space in the columns Echo?

As with those who take drugs for 'pleasure', these people deserve to die if they do stupid acts!
Perhaps its the Echo who should be asked why they are promoting this police response now? Slack space in the columns Echo? As with those who take drugs for 'pleasure', these people deserve to die if they do stupid acts! Tictock
  • Score: 0

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