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Neknominate branded ‘pathetic’ by townsfolk

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

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UTTOXETER residents took to social media to voice their opinions on a new drinking game rising in popularity in town which has seen one man eat fish’s eyeballs.

The game, which sees participants down a pint of an alcoholic cocktail before nominating a friend to do the same, has been branded ‘pathetic’ and ‘pointless’ by townsfolk, while others have suggested those who don’t agree with the game should ‘live a little’.

Cat Harlow said via Facebook: “Myself and partner and my brother and his girlfriend refused to take part.

“It’s a stupid and pointless game.

“Everyone knows at least one person that would have to try and out-do the next and my thoughts are I wonder how those that nominate the silly ones would feel when something happens to their friend.”

Mandy Dolman said via Facebook: “It gets stupid when you get people doing this – it seems no one can just have bit of fun anymore, they all have to go to the extreme.

“It’s pathetic.”

Jennifer Cliffe Cuff said: “It’s disgusting, they will kill themselves for a stupid game. One upmanship is RIDICULOUS.

Lorraine Jacob A game for brain dead idiots that im sure if you told them they can jump into a fire without getting burnt they would believe it... Sad really

Frank Morris said: “It’s amazing how grown-ups can fall for this cyberbullying. Facebook should take down any videos and delete their accounts.”

Gaza Jones said via Facebook: “People need to get a grip.

“This makes me want to put on my best Spanish accent and say hey gringo please live a little.”

Matt Crutchley said via Facebook: “There are some miserable people about aren’t there.”

Nick Elkes said via Facebook: “Nearly the whole town’s already done one.”

The game has been described as ‘a deadly game of drink or dare’.

The concept of the game has been described as ‘neck your drink, nominate another’.

Two deaths have been linked to the game nationwide.

Richard Beck, deputy medical director for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust, which covers Uttoxeter, said participants were making themselves ‘vulnerable’.

He said: “This game may appear fun at the time, however, taking a large volume of alcohol over a short period of time heightens the side effects of alcohol consumption putting people at greater risk and making them vulnerable.”

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