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Final Word: Tough to swallow a drinking game that can kill

It's time to stop vilifying the Irish as the big drinkers of the world.

The game Neknominate may have started in and around the UK or Australia, but it's swept social media, a world where exhibitionism knows no borders.

Back when "Jackass was just a reality TV show, you at least KNEW when your kids were watching it. Now, your son or daughter may be dared via social media to drink more than the idiot before them.

This is how it works: A "friend" of yours records him or herself doing something outrageous while drinking a dangerous amount of alcohol. They commit their act, and then dare you to out- do them within 24 hours. And shockingly, people do it.

Five have died, and the call is out for Facebook and other social-media sites to stop posting the game. In Ireland, a country known for drinking, known for celebrating it as a part of its culture, calls are loudest.

Hey, if the Irish are calling the drinking game too dangerous, shouldn't we pay attention?

It's not Facebook's job, or Instagram's job to stop posting examples of stupid behavior. It's your job to look away. And talk to your kids about it.

Don't have kids? Then talk to your friends. Who knows? Someone YOU know might actually think that playing this game is a good idea.

It's not a game if the loser dies.

And in the end, no one is in control of your actions but you.

Do you need to know anymore about this stupid game after you look at the picture that accompanies the news story: a guy doing a headstand in a toilet.

Boy, we just love a game of truth or dare. Nothing makes us feel better than besting someone else. Unless it kills you.

That's the truth part of Truth or Dare.

About the Author

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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