Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Health written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Reports of the popularity of the drinking game neknomination are a matter of concern. The game's encouragement of participants to outdo each other with ever more reckless stunts brings with it significant risks of alcohol-related harm including acute intoxication, alcohol poisoning, accidents and injury.

There is also the potential for cyber bullying of those who are seen to ‘chicken out’. It has already cost lives and we would advise anyone against taking part in the game to avoid putting themselves in a potentially dangerous situation.

On 6 February 2014, Public Health England posted some information about the risks of taking part in neknomination on its FRANK drug information website (aimed at young people):

www.talktofrank.com/news/hide-your-goldfish

The article warned of the health risks of drinking too much alcohol on a single occasion, and included some advice about what to do if young people are feeling under pressure.

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