Deadly Neknominate craze sees ‘students’ down absinthe and urine
PUBLISHED: 06:00 21 February 2014
Videos purporting to show Hatfield students drinking urine and downing a whole bottle of absinthe have been posted online as part of a fatal fad.
The Neknominate Hertfordshire Facebook page, which was last week removed, claimed to show youngsters, including students from the University of Hertfordshire, taking part in the deadly web craze.
The ‘neknominate’ fad, which has been linked to three deaths in the UK, sees participants filmed downing drinks, before nominating someone else to continue the chain.
A post from the Facebook page’s moderators stated: “We don’t condone death, we condone people having a laugh, feel free to send in your vids if you change your mind.”
In one clip a man in a hoodie with the uni’s logo on downed a cocktail of lager, sexual lubricant, his own urine and a raw egg.
University takes a strong stance
The University of Hertfordshire has pledged to take action on “the extremely dangerous national craze” before the Facebook page was removed.
Ross Renton, dean of students at the University of Hertfordshire, said: “The university puts an extremely high emphasis on the safety of its students and does not condone participation in this extremely dangerous national craze. We have a firm stance on the responsible consumption of alcohol both on and off campus and any student found to be in breach of our code of conduct will face disciplinary action.
“We will be dealing with the Facebook page directly.”
A drinker in another video appeared to sink an entire bottle of 68 per cent absinthe in seconds.
The social networking page’s description stated: “Calling all UH students!
“Send us your Neknomination video’s – we’ll post the best ones here!”
Despite seemingly encouraging people to take part, it seems the site’s operators do not support the craze.
An email received by the Welwyn Hatfield Times stated: “I would just like to make it clear that we do not endorse taking part in the ‘Neknominate’ craze.
“We agree with most that taking part in such an activity is dangerous in most cases. However the page was created to simply gather some of these videos and nothing more.”
Alcohol charity Drinkaware has labelled the trend “no laughing matter”, and thought the clips could damage students’ career opportunities.
Dr Sarah Jarvis, medical adviser to alcohol education charity Drinkaware, said “Young people often say they feel peer pressure to drink to fit in, but competitions to drink excessively in a short space of time can be dangerous and this should not come as a surprise.”
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