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Deadly Drinking Dare on the Rise

It's the latest controversial social media craze involving teens and young adults; a drinking game called Neknomination.

Originated in Australia, the game has now made its way over to other countries including the United States.

Neknomination is played by participants filming themselves chugging alcohol, posting it to social media, such as YouTube and Facebook, and nominating others to take part in less than 24 hours.

"It makes it hard for kids to say no because that subjects them to online teasing and bullying.  It's a very public forum that it's happening in," said Clinical Psychologist Dr. Carrie Dorson.

However, the game doesn't end there.  Participants try to one-up each other by mixing alcohol with ingredients such as raw eggs, urine, hot sauce, household cleaners and even engine oil.

This new fad has healthcare experts and parents on edge.
"Mixing it with oil and stuff that you're not supposed to be drinking is crazy.  That's stuff people can die from," said Texoma parent Pamela Rodriguez.  

Another parent, Roy Pierce, agreed.

"Sick and gross.  They shouldn't be doing that. It's really dangerous," he said.

Dr. Dorson said teens participate based off of peer pressure and inability to see the repercussions of their actions.
"The parts of the brain that aren't mature are the frontal lobes in the front part of the brain," she said.  "Those are responsible for impulse control, for decision making and problem solving."
She hopes participants who do face a dare or "neknomination", will gather up the courage to just say no.

"Declining the nomination doesn't make them a coward.  It actually takes more courage to say no," she said.

Dr. Dorson said concerned parents can talk to their children about their participation in these drinking games. 
1) Set clear expectations and limit teen's exposure to alcohol.

2) If there is alcohol in the home, parents need to lock it up and take inventory of how much there is.

3) Monitor social media accounts to make sure the dares don't come around.
Neknomination has already been linked to five deaths. 

Law enforcement warns people who issue the dares or "neknominations" that end up in death, could face criminal charges.
Cynthia Kobayashi, Newschannel 6.

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