February 07, 2014 - 9:45 AM
KAMLOOPS — Neknomination is being blamed for the deaths of at least two young men in Ireland and is not an activity to be taken lightly, Thompson Rivers University is warning students.
The game involves posting video of someone chugging or 'necking' alcohol and 'participating in some form of risky behaviour.' Posted to a social media site, others are nominated to out-do that video within 24 hours.
Some videos have involved chugging in a vehicle and driving, riding a horse into a store and even running through stores or streets naked. In Ireland the peer-pressure drinking game has been linked to the deaths of two young men, 19 and 22, earlier this month. One jumped into a river after chugging his drink while the other was found in his home.
Some TRU students have been reported to be engaging in the activity already.
“We recognize that the majority of our students are of legal drinking age and make responsible choices about alcohol consumption and participation in activities while impaired,” said Chris Adam, TRU Dean of Students. “Our concern is that this activity poses a real threat for those participating because it involves the rapid consumption of significant amounts of alcohol in a short period of time.”
A letter was delivered to students today asking them to consider the consequences, the health risks and even disciplinary actions
“Above all, we are concerned for the safety of our students and trust that raising these concerns will provide them with the opportunity to consider the possible consequences of participation,” Adam continued. “ We hope students will assist us in discouraging others from participating.”
If students could benefit from support, services are available to those struggling with addiction and other issues. These supports or referrals can be accessed through student services in OM 1631 or by calling 250-828-5023.
Credit: Nick Montreuil-Spencer via YouTube
Some people are trying to turn the neknomination social media game into a positive trend.
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