Call for warnings over Neknominate drinking craze

Daily Echo: Southampton student Beth Anderson downs her Neknominate challenge Southampton student Beth Anderson downs her Neknominate challenge

SOCIAL network websites should introduce warnings about a drinking game that has swept Hampshire.

Twitter and Facebook should act over Neknominate, which has been linked to several deaths, councils have said.

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents almost 400 councils in England and Wales, said prominent messages were needed on the websites about the dangers of the craze.

Neknominate involves people filming themselves downing alcohol, nominating someone to continue the game, and posting the video on social media sites.

Students and young people in Hampshire are among those consuming potentially fatal alcoholic cocktails in the latest widespread Internet trend.

Councils are now publishing warnings about alcohol through internet safety campaigns that provide links for parents, carers and young people.

The LGA said some schools had asked for warning notices about Neknominate to be put on noticeboards and read out at assemblies.

Katie Hall, chair of the LGA's community wellbeing board, said: ''This is an utterly reckless and totally irresponsible craze which has tragically claimed lives. More should be done to highlight the dangers and persuade people not to participate.

''We believe social media operators have a responsibility to provide health warnings to user groups and individuals.

''The LGA is looking for these corporations to show leadership and not ignore what is happening on their sites.

''We are urging Facebook and Twitter executives to sit down with us and discuss a way forward which tackles this issue head-on.''

Solent University student Beth Anderson is one of those who have taken part having been nominated for the dare by her cousin.

Beth, 19, from Wilton Avenue, Southampton, drank a mixture of milk, vodka, strong lager and an apple and cinnamon cold and flu remedy.

She insists that there were no bad effects and added: “It’s your responsibility not to be too stupid with what you put in it. Some people take it too far but it’s meant to be silly. If you don’t want to do it, you shouldn’t have to.”

Health and alcohol charities have warned that people who take part are putting their health at risk.

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7:58am Mon 24 Feb 14

theresasurprise says...

shows the mentality of students these days
shows the mentality of students these days theresasurprise
  • Score: 8

8:09am Mon 24 Feb 14

Sovietobserver says...

Media, STOP talking about it you pillocks. The more you talk about how dangerous or irresponsible it is, the MORE people will do it. Stop giving it coverage. Also, not wishing to keep repeating myself, but the people that have been talking about how daft it is, are the first to congratulate themselves when they get hammered in town on Friday and Saturday nights and wake up in a pool of vomit with their wallet / handbag and phone missing. If I went into work today and claimed to have done this at the weekend, people would say, " Nice one, sounds like a good night". What they should be saying is, " Grow up, you pathetic moron". There is a problem with the entire countries' attitude to alcohol abuse.
Media, STOP talking about it you pillocks. The more you talk about how dangerous or irresponsible it is, the MORE people will do it. Stop giving it coverage. Also, not wishing to keep repeating myself, but the people that have been talking about how daft it is, are the first to congratulate themselves when they get hammered in town on Friday and Saturday nights and wake up in a pool of vomit with their wallet / handbag and phone missing. If I went into work today and claimed to have done this at the weekend, people would say, " Nice one, sounds like a good night". What they should be saying is, " Grow up, you pathetic moron". There is a problem with the entire countries' attitude to alcohol abuse. Sovietobserver
  • Score: 12

8:38am Mon 24 Feb 14

Dai Rear says...

It's called evolution. You are a terminally dull young person. At the behest of someone with as few brain cells as you, you consume a vast quantity of toxins. You are deceased. You do not pass on your genes. Win Win.
Incidentally do we need "community wellbeing boards" less or much less than a badger needs a football rattle?
It's called evolution. You are a terminally dull young person. At the behest of someone with as few brain cells as you, you consume a vast quantity of toxins. You are deceased. You do not pass on your genes. Win Win. Incidentally do we need "community wellbeing boards" less or much less than a badger needs a football rattle? Dai Rear
  • Score: 7

8:43am Mon 24 Feb 14

Hastagger says...

I would also like to see warnings before any of the following:

Pictures of people smoking
Pictures of people sun bathing
Pictures of people eating cakes
Pictures of people driving

All responsible for millions more deaths than this game that some lefties do gooders have a bee in their bonnet about.
I would also like to see warnings before any of the following: Pictures of people smoking Pictures of people sun bathing Pictures of people eating cakes Pictures of people driving All responsible for millions more deaths than this game that some lefties do gooders have a bee in their bonnet about. Hastagger
  • Score: -1

8:44am Mon 24 Feb 14

bigfella777 says...

How about giving the money they waste trying to kill themselves to a homeless person and then nominate someone else to do the same.
People are so selfish
How about giving the money they waste trying to kill themselves to a homeless person and then nominate someone else to do the same. People are so selfish bigfella777
  • Score: -4

9:47am Mon 24 Feb 14

Dai Rear says...

bigfella777 wrote:
How about giving the money they waste trying to kill themselves to a homeless person and then nominate someone else to do the same.
People are so selfish
Same effect isn't it? Derelict challenges himself to drink 4X4 packs of Special Brew with the money you gave him and deceeds.
Not as evolutionarily valuable since derelict unlikely to reproduce anyway.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: How about giving the money they waste trying to kill themselves to a homeless person and then nominate someone else to do the same. People are so selfish[/p][/quote]Same effect isn't it? Derelict challenges himself to drink 4X4 packs of Special Brew with the money you gave him and deceeds. Not as evolutionarily valuable since derelict unlikely to reproduce anyway. Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

9:53am Mon 24 Feb 14

From the sidelines says...

bigfella777 wrote:
How about giving the money they waste trying to kill themselves to a homeless person and then nominate someone else to do the same.
People are so selfish
The award for the most tedious comment of the day has been won.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: How about giving the money they waste trying to kill themselves to a homeless person and then nominate someone else to do the same. People are so selfish[/p][/quote]The award for the most tedious comment of the day has been won. From the sidelines
  • Score: 0

9:57am Mon 24 Feb 14

camerajuan says...

bigfella777 wrote:
How about giving the money they waste trying to kill themselves to a homeless person and then nominate someone else to do the same.
People are so selfish
People have been doing that in "defiance" of this already. They've called it RAKNominate (Random Act of Kindness).

Though this is an unoriginal duplicate of Comedian/Author Danny Wallace's "Join Me" project started years ago which got huge and spawned a "365 Random Acts of Kindness" Book so you have one to do every day.

Simple for the press - Stop publicising it.
Simple for the public - You don't HAVE to do it, but if you want to, drink something you can handle and don't do it in a frozen lake or on a bridge/train track or something equally as moronic.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: How about giving the money they waste trying to kill themselves to a homeless person and then nominate someone else to do the same. People are so selfish[/p][/quote]People have been doing that in "defiance" of this already. They've called it RAKNominate (Random Act of Kindness). Though this is an unoriginal duplicate of Comedian/Author Danny Wallace's "Join Me" project started years ago which got huge and spawned a "365 Random Acts of Kindness" Book so you have one to do every day. Simple for the press - Stop publicising it. Simple for the public - You don't HAVE to do it, but if you want to, drink something you can handle and don't do it in a frozen lake or on a bridge/train track or something equally as moronic. camerajuan
  • Score: -1

9:59am Mon 24 Feb 14

Santa Retfordia says...

theresasurprise wrote:
shows the mentality of students these days
Yes, students in the olden days wouldn't have played "drinking games" or consumed so much alcohol they actually became drunk and acted irresponsibly.

It's Cameron's Britain for you.
[quote][p][bold]theresasurprise[/bold] wrote: shows the mentality of students these days[/p][/quote]Yes, students in the olden days wouldn't have played "drinking games" or consumed so much alcohol they actually became drunk and acted irresponsibly. It's Cameron's Britain for you. Santa Retfordia
  • Score: -4

10:13am Mon 24 Feb 14

Mr E says...

If you are daft enough to accept instructions of any description from random strangers on the internet then you deserve what you get.
If you are daft enough to accept instructions of any description from random strangers on the internet then you deserve what you get. Mr E
  • Score: 6

10:35am Mon 24 Feb 14

ToastyTea says...

well done Echo you are about a week or 2 late with your story on this, the fad is pretty much over now anyway.
well done Echo you are about a week or 2 late with your story on this, the fad is pretty much over now anyway. ToastyTea
  • Score: 3

10:44am Mon 24 Feb 14

gilbertratchet says...

From the sidelines wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
How about giving the money they waste trying to kill themselves to a homeless person and then nominate someone else to do the same.
People are so selfish
The award for the most tedious comment of the day has been won.
Oh, I think it's too early to make that claim. Old bigfella has all day to top this nonsense.
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: How about giving the money they waste trying to kill themselves to a homeless person and then nominate someone else to do the same. People are so selfish[/p][/quote]The award for the most tedious comment of the day has been won.[/p][/quote]Oh, I think it's too early to make that claim. Old bigfella has all day to top this nonsense. gilbertratchet
  • Score: 4

10:51am Mon 24 Feb 14

camerajuan says...

Mr E wrote:
If you are daft enough to accept instructions of any description from random strangers on the internet then you deserve what you get.
Not sure you understand how the "game" works! Your friends nominate you, how would a stranger know who you are and get your details?!
[quote][p][bold]Mr E[/bold] wrote: If you are daft enough to accept instructions of any description from random strangers on the internet then you deserve what you get.[/p][/quote]Not sure you understand how the "game" works! Your friends nominate you, how would a stranger know who you are and get your details?! camerajuan
  • Score: -3

12:14pm Mon 24 Feb 14

charrlee says...

Dai Rear wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
How about giving the money they waste trying to kill themselves to a homeless person and then nominate someone else to do the same.
People are so selfish
Same effect isn't it? Derelict challenges himself to drink 4X4 packs of Special Brew with the money you gave him and deceeds.
Not as evolutionarily valuable since derelict unlikely to reproduce anyway.
Sorry to trouble you, but what does "deceed" mean?
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: How about giving the money they waste trying to kill themselves to a homeless person and then nominate someone else to do the same. People are so selfish[/p][/quote]Same effect isn't it? Derelict challenges himself to drink 4X4 packs of Special Brew with the money you gave him and deceeds. Not as evolutionarily valuable since derelict unlikely to reproduce anyway.[/p][/quote]Sorry to trouble you, but what does "deceed" mean? charrlee
  • Score: 0

1:12pm Mon 24 Feb 14

triggerhappy says...

Good luck getting employed when you graduate Beth Anderson. Your facebook is full of photos of you getting drunk and you don't seem to think of drinking a mixture of alcohol and cough medicine as a big deal. Any employer would be lucky to have you!
Good luck getting employed when you graduate Beth Anderson. Your facebook is full of photos of you getting drunk and you don't seem to think of drinking a mixture of alcohol and cough medicine as a big deal. Any employer would be lucky to have you! triggerhappy
  • Score: 3

1:27pm Mon 24 Feb 14

rightway says...

I can't see a problem with this craze, if nothing else it will help to clear out the gene pool.
I can't see a problem with this craze, if nothing else it will help to clear out the gene pool. rightway
  • Score: 3

2:23pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Dai Rear says...

charrlee wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
How about giving the money they waste trying to kill themselves to a homeless person and then nominate someone else to do the same.
People are so selfish
Same effect isn't it? Derelict challenges himself to drink 4X4 packs of Special Brew with the money you gave him and deceeds.
Not as evolutionarily valuable since derelict unlikely to reproduce anyway.
Sorry to trouble you, but what does "deceed" mean?
"die" I made it up. I like it. A little less cynically if these dafty people donated their money to the Salvation Army instead of drinking the mixtures then it would indeed help indigents-which direct cash never can.
[quote][p][bold]charrlee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: How about giving the money they waste trying to kill themselves to a homeless person and then nominate someone else to do the same. People are so selfish[/p][/quote]Same effect isn't it? Derelict challenges himself to drink 4X4 packs of Special Brew with the money you gave him and deceeds. Not as evolutionarily valuable since derelict unlikely to reproduce anyway.[/p][/quote]Sorry to trouble you, but what does "deceed" mean?[/p][/quote]"die" I made it up. I like it. A little less cynically if these dafty people donated their money to the Salvation Army instead of drinking the mixtures then it would indeed help indigents-which direct cash never can. Dai Rear
  • Score: -1

2:39pm Mon 24 Feb 14

gilbertratchet says...

Dai Rear wrote:
charrlee wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
How about giving the money they waste trying to kill themselves to a homeless person and then nominate someone else to do the same.
People are so selfish
Same effect isn't it? Derelict challenges himself to drink 4X4 packs of Special Brew with the money you gave him and deceeds.
Not as evolutionarily valuable since derelict unlikely to reproduce anyway.
Sorry to trouble you, but what does "deceed" mean?
"die" I made it up. I like it. A little less cynically if these dafty people donated their money to the Salvation Army instead of drinking the mixtures then it would indeed help indigents-which direct cash never can.
I do love it when, whenever someone somewhere is doing something an Echo poster doesn't like, the "they should give this money to charity" line is trotted out.

As if these armchair would-be philanthropists are just throwing their entire disposable income at every charity known to man.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]charrlee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: How about giving the money they waste trying to kill themselves to a homeless person and then nominate someone else to do the same. People are so selfish[/p][/quote]Same effect isn't it? Derelict challenges himself to drink 4X4 packs of Special Brew with the money you gave him and deceeds. Not as evolutionarily valuable since derelict unlikely to reproduce anyway.[/p][/quote]Sorry to trouble you, but what does "deceed" mean?[/p][/quote]"die" I made it up. I like it. A little less cynically if these dafty people donated their money to the Salvation Army instead of drinking the mixtures then it would indeed help indigents-which direct cash never can.[/p][/quote]I do love it when, whenever someone somewhere is doing something an Echo poster doesn't like, the "they should give this money to charity" line is trotted out. As if these armchair would-be philanthropists are just throwing their entire disposable income at every charity known to man. gilbertratchet
  • Score: 1

2:43pm Mon 24 Feb 14

SouthernRover80 says...

This is probably going to get a negative score, but stories about NekNominate being dangerous are ridiculous. NekNominate is as dangerous as the pencil in front of me.

There is nothing in the 'rules' of the game that state 'drink something stupid'. The people who have sadly passed away have done so because they decided to stupid things. The game did not make them do it. This pencil in front of me is not dangerous; however, if I decided to stab myself in the eye, it then becomes dangerous. The pencil did not make me do it, it would be my choice. The government, the anti-alcohol brigades and the media are using NekNominate as an excuse like they do with everything.

@triggerhappy your comments about Beth Anderson are both unfair and rubbish. So what that she likes a drink. So what that she decides to put photos of her getting drunk on Facebook. What has that got to do with whether she will get employed? I like a drink. There are photos of me drunk on Facebook. I have a decent job. Your opinions are very narrow minded and comments like that do not help.
This is probably going to get a negative score, but stories about NekNominate being dangerous are ridiculous. NekNominate is as dangerous as the pencil in front of me. There is nothing in the 'rules' of the game that state 'drink something stupid'. The people who have sadly passed away have done so because they decided to stupid things. The game did not make them do it. This pencil in front of me is not dangerous; however, if I decided to stab myself in the eye, it then becomes dangerous. The pencil did not make me do it, it would be my choice. The government, the anti-alcohol brigades and the media are using NekNominate as an excuse like they do with everything. @triggerhappy your comments about Beth Anderson are both unfair and rubbish. So what that she likes a drink. So what that she decides to put photos of her getting drunk on Facebook. What has that got to do with whether she will get employed? I like a drink. There are photos of me drunk on Facebook. I have a decent job. Your opinions are very narrow minded and comments like that do not help. SouthernRover80
  • Score: -2

4:18pm Mon 24 Feb 14

triggerhappy says...

SouthernRover80 wrote:
This is probably going to get a negative score, but stories about NekNominate being dangerous are ridiculous. NekNominate is as dangerous as the pencil in front of me.

There is nothing in the 'rules' of the game that state 'drink something stupid'. The people who have sadly passed away have done so because they decided to stupid things. The game did not make them do it. This pencil in front of me is not dangerous; however, if I decided to stab myself in the eye, it then becomes dangerous. The pencil did not make me do it, it would be my choice. The government, the anti-alcohol brigades and the media are using NekNominate as an excuse like they do with everything.

@triggerhappy your comments about Beth Anderson are both unfair and rubbish. So what that she likes a drink. So what that she decides to put photos of her getting drunk on Facebook. What has that got to do with whether she will get employed? I like a drink. There are photos of me drunk on Facebook. I have a decent job. Your opinions are very narrow minded and comments like that do not help.
If an employer went through the facebook photos of two candidates... one having loads of photos of them getting drunk (a lot) and then the other not having any photos of them drinking, I bet the non drinker would be successful. People who are constantly going out getting drunk are the same ones who turn up to work hungover or just call in sick. Ok I understand she is just having fun, but if it took me about 20 seconds to find her and her photos on Facebook, it will just as easy to find for a potential employer.
[quote][p][bold]SouthernRover80[/bold] wrote: This is probably going to get a negative score, but stories about NekNominate being dangerous are ridiculous. NekNominate is as dangerous as the pencil in front of me. There is nothing in the 'rules' of the game that state 'drink something stupid'. The people who have sadly passed away have done so because they decided to stupid things. The game did not make them do it. This pencil in front of me is not dangerous; however, if I decided to stab myself in the eye, it then becomes dangerous. The pencil did not make me do it, it would be my choice. The government, the anti-alcohol brigades and the media are using NekNominate as an excuse like they do with everything. @triggerhappy your comments about Beth Anderson are both unfair and rubbish. So what that she likes a drink. So what that she decides to put photos of her getting drunk on Facebook. What has that got to do with whether she will get employed? I like a drink. There are photos of me drunk on Facebook. I have a decent job. Your opinions are very narrow minded and comments like that do not help.[/p][/quote]If an employer went through the facebook photos of two candidates... one having loads of photos of them getting drunk (a lot) and then the other not having any photos of them drinking, I bet the non drinker would be successful. People who are constantly going out getting drunk are the same ones who turn up to work hungover or just call in sick. Ok I understand she is just having fun, but if it took me about 20 seconds to find her and her photos on Facebook, it will just as easy to find for a potential employer. triggerhappy
  • Score: 0

4:23pm Mon 24 Feb 14

charrlee says...

SouthernRover80 wrote:
This is probably going to get a negative score, but stories about NekNominate being dangerous are ridiculous. NekNominate is as dangerous as the pencil in front of me.

There is nothing in the 'rules' of the game that state 'drink something stupid'. The people who have sadly passed away have done so because they decided to stupid things. The game did not make them do it. This pencil in front of me is not dangerous; however, if I decided to stab myself in the eye, it then becomes dangerous. The pencil did not make me do it, it would be my choice. The government, the anti-alcohol brigades and the media are using NekNominate as an excuse like they do with everything.

@triggerhappy your comments about Beth Anderson are both unfair and rubbish. So what that she likes a drink. So what that she decides to put photos of her getting drunk on Facebook. What has that got to do with whether she will get employed? I like a drink. There are photos of me drunk on Facebook. I have a decent job. Your opinions are very narrow minded and comments like that do not help.
Artists paint pictures, writers write books, singers sing and musicians play. Doctors advise, surgeons save lives, parents try to help their children, and teachers try to educate. All these positive things going on in the world...............
....................
....then you come along with your negativity, shallow thoughts, condoning irresponsibility.
[quote][p][bold]SouthernRover80[/bold] wrote: This is probably going to get a negative score, but stories about NekNominate being dangerous are ridiculous. NekNominate is as dangerous as the pencil in front of me. There is nothing in the 'rules' of the game that state 'drink something stupid'. The people who have sadly passed away have done so because they decided to stupid things. The game did not make them do it. This pencil in front of me is not dangerous; however, if I decided to stab myself in the eye, it then becomes dangerous. The pencil did not make me do it, it would be my choice. The government, the anti-alcohol brigades and the media are using NekNominate as an excuse like they do with everything. @triggerhappy your comments about Beth Anderson are both unfair and rubbish. So what that she likes a drink. So what that she decides to put photos of her getting drunk on Facebook. What has that got to do with whether she will get employed? I like a drink. There are photos of me drunk on Facebook. I have a decent job. Your opinions are very narrow minded and comments like that do not help.[/p][/quote]Artists paint pictures, writers write books, singers sing and musicians play. Doctors advise, surgeons save lives, parents try to help their children, and teachers try to educate. All these positive things going on in the world............... .................... ....then you come along with your negativity, shallow thoughts, condoning irresponsibility. charrlee
  • Score: 2

4:28pm Mon 24 Feb 14

triggerhappy says...

its called a digital footprint.

Employers will use Google to search and screen candidates.

The fact that if you now google the name Beth Anderson you will find an article on "internet booze craze warning" (this article) cant bode well for her surely
its called a digital footprint. Employers will use Google to search and screen candidates. The fact that if you now google the name Beth Anderson you will find an article on "internet booze craze warning" (this article) cant bode well for her surely triggerhappy
  • Score: 2

7:27pm Mon 24 Feb 14

forest hump says...

Again, Darwin got it spot on.
Again, Darwin got it spot on. forest hump
  • Score: -1

8:58am Tue 25 Feb 14

Dai Rear says...

"... the anti-alcohol brigades and the media are using NekNominate as an excuse..."
Not sure about the rest of what you say but this rings a bell and I'm going to lose the debate because I'm going to have to mention Hitler. The prototype teetotal anti-smoker. And as I hear the anti smoking in cars, parks, streets, lakes, National Parks etc single issue fanatics foaming and the "charge 'em 10 quid a unit" anti-drink single issue fanatics ranting and raving I am inexorably drawn to the little man with the moustache. Strangely enough his equal in evil with a big moustache who liked a glass or 6 and a big stoogie, Stalin, is not yet a national hate figure. Can't figure that one but oh soo happy to see pious Harman /Dromey wriggling on the pin.
"... the anti-alcohol brigades and the media are using NekNominate as an excuse..." Not sure about the rest of what you say but this rings a bell and I'm going to lose the debate because I'm going to have to mention Hitler. The prototype teetotal anti-smoker. And as I hear the anti smoking in cars, parks, streets, lakes, National Parks etc single issue fanatics foaming and the "charge 'em 10 quid a unit" anti-drink single issue fanatics ranting and raving I am inexorably drawn to the little man with the moustache. Strangely enough his equal in evil with a big moustache who liked a glass or 6 and a big stoogie, Stalin, is not yet a national hate figure. Can't figure that one but oh soo happy to see pious Harman /Dromey wriggling on the pin. Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

5:43pm Tue 25 Feb 14

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