Tuesday 20 March 2018

David Coleman: 'Choking game' is here – and parents must be ready to tackle it head on

Many parents will have read the headline "Teen boy almost dies from 'choking game'" with equal parts terror and confusion. Their terror is likely to arise from the notion that any game could lead to near death, while their confusion probably arises from their lack of knowledge about what is a 'choking game'.

The 'choking game', as it is called, has come from America, via the UK. It has several different names. It can also be called the "pass-out game", "space monkey", "purple hazing", "dream game" and "American dream".

In reality, it is anything but a game. It is a Russian-roulette style gamble between getting a naturally created high and dying or causing brain injury.

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