Deadly Drinking Game Gaining Popularity

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Neknomination is a deadly drinking game, glamorizing binge drinking, that is gaining popularity.

"I'm 22 now and I have a one-year-old daughter, and she will never know her father because of alcohol," said Brittany Strykowski.

Strykowski is from Virginia Beach and shared her story with me after finding my tweet.


Her story is of a relationship torn apart and a life lost after three nights of binge drinking.

NekNomination is a viral drinking game where people post videos of them drinking a lot and then nominate someone else to top them.

"Mainly just understand that it's not a game. It can have tragic consequences," said Melissa Orndorff, director of the Office on Youth.

Entire websites and Facebook pages are dedicated to NekNomination; however, some are using this forum to fight back against the game.

"When you see it, it's not entertainment. It's not a movie that's been scripted. It's someone putting themselves and others in harm's way," said Orndorff.

Strykowski wanted to share a reminder more potent than the alcohol itself or its dangers.

"It's just not worth all the consequences that come. It's a killer. Yeah, it took everything from me," said Strykowski.

A message too late for Strykowski's family, but maybe not for yours.

The Office on Youth said it's important for parents to talk to your kids about alcohol they say the best time to start doing that is between the ages of nine and 11.


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