Dangers of ‘Choking Game’

Dangers of ‘Choking Game’

A game that consist of adolescents intentionally choking or making themselves pass out is now trending in the 9-16 age range. Studies show that approximately 5 to 11 percent of children and adolescents have participated in an activity commonly referred to as the “choking game,” in which blood and oxygen to the brain is cut off with a belt, rope or other item in order to get high or achieve a euphoric feeling once pressure is released.

Signs your child is participating may include bruising or red marks around the neck; belts, rope, ties or clothes lying around the child’s bedroom; confused behavior; behavior changes and/or bloodshot eyes.

In addition to death, the choking game also can cause brain damage, concussions, broken bones from falls and hemorrhages of the eye.

Not only is this activity dangerous, it can also be associated with additional risky behavior such as increased sexual activity, substance abuse and increased violent tendencies.

Please be open to having a discussion with your child regarding the concerns and risks associated with this dangerous activity. Seek medical advice immediately if your child is participating in the ‘choking game’ or if there is a need to discuss other risk taking behaviors.



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