Neknominate: Stop the craze, save a life, grow up.

Alcohol awareness charity DrinkAware has called on parents to take the lead against extreme and dangerous drinking challenges like Neknominate on social media channels. Since this craze has gone ‘viral,’ three young people have died taking part in the challenge. The apparent ‘craze’ involves participants, young, old and stupid encourage each other to film themselves consuming large amounts of alcohol in one go, nominating someone else to continue the game, wherever in the world, via video on social channels including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

I’ll be honest, I do like a few glasses of wine in the evening after a long day, or meeting my best mate at the pub for a jolly old knees up, but this happens over a long period of time. Ok, probably the amount of alcohol units consumed would be enough to give most doctors a heart attack, but with food and being sensible with my alcohol consumption, I am being careful.
This Neknominate crap, was mentioned in my local the other day, with some daft twits nominating each other to neck a pint of lager, whilst filming themselves and posting it to Facebook. Over the course of a week, the nominations bounced back and forth between the 8 that took part and it seems their *crazy viral idea* has fallen off the face of the earth.
This online chain letter thrown in with childish games seems to be the talk on everyone’s lips in the press recently. It is believed to have started in Perth, Australia. The trend swept across the country, faster than you can say Jack Robinson and everyone from teenagers to fully grown men are getting in on this stupid craze. The friggin craze has its own Wikipedia page for Fuck’s sake. Some people are saying it’s the craze to get involved with, whilst others are trying  to stop it and campaign for young people’s safety.
Those who are getting involved with the campaign to stop it includes a horrified mother who went public with a picture of her unconscious son who was covered in his own vomit, in a bit to spread awareness. Nikki Hunter found her son passed out on the sofa, after a night out with mates, drinking three bottles of spirits. Her 19 year old student son, had accepted a dare to film himself downing a horrendous, unbelievable deadly mix of vodka, whisky, Southern Comfort, Barcadi and Sherry, BARF.
After the twat worried his mother into position thinking he was unconscious or dying, she put him in the recovery position and took a picture to warn others of the dangers of Neknominate.
I hate being there when people are sick, damn I hate when I’m sick, it’s disgusting, makes you feel totally gross and generally shit, so having a photo catapulted across newspapers and social media channels should be a lesson to 19 year old Kieran and all the others out there.
Some of the dares are just unimaginable. Girls dressed in their underwear parading round the local supermarket, drinking live goldfish (yes you read that right), eating and drinking the contents of a fridge, riding into a store on a horse, or running up a motorway semi-naked drinking huge quantities of alcohol, for the fun of it.
Everyone who drinks, likes a tipple. Whether your drink of choice is wine, like me, a cold beer, a perfectly poured Guinness or something a little stronger like a good spirit. Christ, I’m not judging you, everyone has their own little pick-me-ups but this type of game is really stupid. This game is letting children and young people believe it is acceptable in our society to do this. It’s not. Drinking is dangerous if not done carefully. I’ve been an idiot in the past, at 21 drinking my body weight in vodka & red bull, because at £2.50 a pint, I didn’t see the wrong in it – until the next morning when I felt like I was having a heart attack. The truth is, you have to know your limits.
This game is sick, it’s encouraging too young people to get involved, exploiting kids of all ages, promoting something that really isn’t or shouldn’t be promoted and harming those around them, including animals, which is completely fucked up.
The Daily Mirror reported a few weeks ago that the RSPCA has got involved to stop animal cruelty.

The RSPCA is launching animal cruelty investigations into pranksters who film themselves downing goldfish as part of a bizarre drinking game.

The animal welfare charity has received numerous complaints of footage being posted online of people drinking alcohol with fish in the glass.

The incidents appear to be part of new craze called NekNominate, involving people filming themselves “necking’ alcohol, then nominating a friend to do the same – and challenging each other on to do more extreme and outlandish feats.

In one clip posted on Facebook, a thug dressed in pants and a bow tie, proudly drinks THREE goldfish in a glass with cider, eggs, battery fluid and urine.

RSPCA wildlife scientist Nicola White said: “We are extremely concerned about this shocking new trend. We have had quite a few similar cases reported to us in a very short space of time – but this could be just the tip of the iceberg as there’s probably many more we have not been told about.

“Eating a live animal and posting of a film of it on the internet is not some light-hearted joke – it is unacceptable. It sends out a clear message that animal cruelty is OK as long as it is in the guise of entertainment.

“We urge people not to take part in this horrible craze and to report to us anyone who is taking part.”

 If you’re really that desperate to get noticed, to make new friends, or whatever it is you think will make you more popular, take a leaf out of these guys books, and grow the fuck up.

If you want to be noticed for doing something a little different, give up your Neknomination and trade it in for a RAKnomination, also known as Random Acts of Kindness.  Not sure what that is? Google it.


£6,510.90 I could’ve bought a Mini Cooper with that

I’ve been meaning to do it for a while. I’ve been promising it. Promising myself, friends and family for a oooh, good few years now. I’ve even convinced myself that by not doing it all the time and just at weekends, I shouldn’t be classified as a full-blown addict. But thinking about it, smoking is addictive. I’ve smoked for 6 years now and it’s a truly disgusting habit. Something I should never have started nor continued throughout the years. But, being a naïve teenager and thinking it was super cool to do it, I joined my group of friends and happily smoked as much as I could to my hearts’ content. To calculate it, I’ve smoked on average 15 per day which in a year is a gross 5,475 cigarettes per year. A whopping 32,850 in 6 years. That’s rank. But then, that’s not including the ridiculous amount I’ve smoked socially out and about town with mates or on holiday whilst having a big party.

I’m writing this blog as a way to help me kick the habit and become a super fit (or heck just fit) person where a glass of Pinot doesn’t have to be accompanied by a load of Mayfair cigarettes. I want to quit for my health and my bank balance. My doctor, friends and mainly my mum (with family) all moan at me for smoking whilst having Asthma. Ok yeah, I know what you’re gonna say.. smoking whilst asthmatic is a barmy idea and one that proves rather ridiculous. It’s a death trap. An asthma attack waiting to happen. Believe me, my mum has been going on about it for years. My bank balance has been severely affected. A 10 pack of Mayfair cigarettes in my local newsagent costs £3.11, that’s £21.77 per week or £1,135.15 per year. Over the past 6 years I’ve smoked through a staggering £6,510.90 worth of cigarettes. GROSS. I could’ve bought that mini cooper I desperately wanted for that. So, I’ve decided on a new health pact one I know that doing it by myself won’t work. I don’t have the attention span for it. But bringing in my social networks of friends and followers will give me the power to kick this foul habit up the backside and make me a healthier new me as soon as possible.

I’m going to do it cold turkey. I’ve tried the Nicotine gum and it’s like licking the inside of an ashtray repeatedly until my chest feels like it’s about to cave it. I need the motivation. That’s where all you lovely peeps come in. I want everyone to help me kick it and be smoke free. I’ve tried quitting in the past and my longest without a cigarette was 3 months but a semi-relaxing holiday in Thailand and the fact the cigarettes were only a quid each, I soon quickly started smoking again.  So far I’ve managed to not smoke as much since the weekend. I’ve been saying for bloomin’ ages that I’d quit every Monday for the past year. I even made a ridiculous 5am vow with my best mate on New Years Day that this was it for the tobacco sticks forever. To be honest, it was a vow we both made after we both had celebrated the new year getting a little too jolly with heaps of booze. So far neither of us have done better than a few hours. Pretty crap.

I’m going to document all my days/weeks of my struggles, highs and lows of quitting the stickly buggers to mask a new healthy me. If you see me reach for a cigarette I give you full permission to through a shoe (if you have one spare) at my head.

To hears to the new me. I’m going to start and be brilliant at it. Well I hope. I don’t want to quit being a quitter, but I am looking to see how social media might help me quit.