Politician’s call to tackle internet drinking craze

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Politicians in Derbyshire have backed calls for health warnings on social media sites to tackle internet binge drinking game NekNominate.

Coun Kevin Gillott, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, is supporting the Local Government Association’s call for Twitter and Facebook to post messages on their sites warning of the dangers of ‘NekNomination’.

The LGA is urging the companies to use warnings like those found on cigarette packets to alert social media users to the dangers of the game.

Participants have filmed themselves drinking huge quantities of alcohol mixed with motor oil and dog food.

Coun Gillott said: “It’s up to responsible adults to warn young people that some mistakes are too big to bounce back from and can have deadly consequences.”