I was stunned when I saw this photo, it’s all over the internet, the guy’s a celebrity now almost – what the hell is going on? This is what it said in The Irish Mirror:
A horrified mum has gone public with a picture of her unconscious and vomit-covered son in a bid to end the neknominate craze .
Nikki Hunter found her son passed out on the sofa after drinking nearly three bottles of spirits as part of the internet dare.
Keiren, 19, a student from Prestonpans, East Lothian, had accepted a dare to film himself downing a deadly mixture of vodka, whisky, Southern Comfort, Bacardi and sherry.
Nikki at first feared he might be dead or dying and placed him in the recovery position. Terrified that Keiren could easily have killed himself, Nikki posted the picture online and asked everyone to share it. She said: “I wanted other parents to know what what their kids are doing.
“It was horrendous – he could have died. I didn’t know if he was breathing so I checked him then put him in the floor in the recovery position. Then I dragged him into the bath and hosed him down and he just kept saying sorry mum. I gave him a talking to when he woke up this morning, and told him I’d put the picture on Facebook to embarrass him so he wouldn’t do it again.”
My thoughts about NeckNomination
I feel quite strongly about this subject because I like a drink. I’m having a glass of wine right now as I write this and tomorrow I will have a couple of pints of beer and a few shots of Jagermeister maybe – if you are in Serre Chevalier, I will be playing with The Harper Brothers at La Grotte in Villeneuve. But really this Necknomination thing has just gone nuts. There’s two blokes dead so far this week and it’s only going to get worse. I’d be quite happy to dismiss them as idiots who don’t deserve to live, but maybe that is not fair. These people have Mums and Dads who have looked after them for 20 odd years and what do they do? Kill themselves! Obviously they didn’t mean to, but alcohol is one of the most deadly things on Earth and by being just completely stupid it is fairly easy to kill yourself.
So what is NeckNomination?
There is new entry in Wikipedia today that says: Neknominate, also known as neck and nominate, neknomination or neck nomination, is an online drinking game. The original parameters of the game required the participant, or neknominee, to film themselves drinking a pint of an alcoholic beverage, usually beer, in one gulp and upload the footage to the web. The participant then nominates two others to to do the same. The nominated person has to complete the task within 24 hours. As the game spread it escalated with nominees performing the challenge in more extreme circumstances by drinking more potent beverages or engaging in dangerous activities either during or immediately after consuming their beverage. This ultimately resulted in two confirmed deaths of participants.
Stupid? I think so. I’m not really an old fart. I appreciate the wildness and the ‘I don’t give a f**kness’ of it all, I love all that, but really is it worth it?
Getting drunk is great fun, to be fair…probably being ‘merry’ is the best bit. But all this Necknomination stuff is really giving booze a bad name. Honestly if these kids/young people carry on like this, it’s not good. I’ve lived outside of the UK for 13 years now and it’s horrific when I go back to the UK and see all those lovely country pubs shut down. So support your local pub, go and get drunk if you like, but don’t drink on your own and bloody video yourself and then post it on Facebook, that really is just stupid.
The Worst Bit
The worst bit about all this necknomination is the fact that people feel under pressure to do something that somebody else tells them to do. If there is one thing I have learned in life, is….oh actually it’s two things:
- If you tell me to do something that I don’t want to do, the chances are that I won’t do it
- If you really want to make sure I don’t do the thing I don’t want to do, just shout at me
I hope that clears things up, do not be an idiot and be the next necknomination death, think for yourself. I have been a dad now for nearly 10 years and I have seen a lot of my friends die in recent years, life is precious. In the words of my mate Skinner from Berkhamsted: “Don’t waste a second”.