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Friday 1 August 2014

Neknomination: Craze 'claims fifth victim' as young man found dead after downing two pints of gin

Drinking craze Neknomination 'claims fifth victim' as young man found dead after downing pints of
Drinking craze Neknomination 'claims fifth victim' as young man found dead after downing pints of gin

The controversial Neknomination craze has reportedly led to the death of another young British man, after a rugby player mixed two pints of gin with teabags and said to the camera: “This is how you drink.”

Bradley Eames, 20, filmed himself downing the concoction in a matter of minutes, but complained of feeling ill shortly after and died four days later, the Mirror reported.

A friend told the newspaper about the video, and while police investigating the death said they were aware of its existence, they added that an initial post mortem had proved inconclusive.

The day Mr Eames’ body was found at his home in Nottingham, his stepmother Wendy Phelps-Eames reportedly posted a link on social media to another story about a Neknomination-related death and wrote: “You all need to stop now!”

A spokesperson for the Kaleidoscope alcohol awareness charity told the Mirror that two pints of gin was a “massive amount” to drink, effectively “playing Russian roulette”.

He said: “Government guidelines for alcohol consumption say 21 units a week for the average adult male.

“Here people are having more than that in one or two minutes. They are overloading their bodies.”

Mr Eames’ death comes after police said they planned to talk to the person who "Neknominated" Issac Richardson, also 20, who went on to drink a cocktail of wine, whisky, vodka and lager.

Officers are also investigating the death of Stephen Brooks, 29, who collapsed after drinking three quarters of a litre of vodka in under a minute.

The Neknomination phenomenon, which like the “planking” craze before it appears to have originated in Australia, first claimed two lives in the Republic when 22-year-old Ross Cummins and 19-year-old Jonny Byrne were found dead in separate incidents at the start of February.

Further reading

NekNominate craze is out of control: Businessman cuts head off bird, eats insides then jumps off cliff  

'Neknomination': First Briton dies taking part in online drinking craze at backpacker hostel

'Neknomination' online drinking game: Second death in Ireland linked to 'neck nomination' 

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