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The Choking Game

(2012) Brittany Longino Smith, Glen Kercher, Leana Bouffard

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The Choking Game is a dangerous activity in which children starve their brain of oxygen to achieve a natural high. It involves applying pressure to the neck to stop the blood flow to the brain and then releasing the pressure to create a temporary sense of euphoria. Asphyxiation is very risky and has resulted in the deaths of many young people. Statistics on participating in the game are sketchy. Some of the resulting deaths may be classified as suicides or not reported at all.