What exactly is the "Blackout Challenge?" According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the blackout "game" entails "consciously attempting to suffocate oneself or another person in order to gain a short euphoric state or "high" (CDC). The game can be done alone or with others."
The game originated in Australia where it is known as "popping pills". Australians use "x" to refer to all illicit drugs including heroin and marijuana. The term "pop" refers to taking a drug pill. Thus, popping x means taking several pills.
In 2005, a young man named Mark Evans died after he began playing the Australian version of the blackout challenge called "popping pills". His mother, Jan Evans, told reporters that her son had been "invited to join a party" at which people were popping pills. She said her son went to the party without telling her where he was going.
Other countries have also reported incidents of people overdosing on drugs during blackouts caused by drinking alcohol or taking other substances. In some cases, others have survived these suicide attempts.
How does the Blackout Challenge work? When you drink alcohol or take other substances, your body begins to relax its muscles, including those involved in breathing. This makes you feel sleepy and may cause you to lose consciousness for a few minutes.
The Blackout Challenge, also known as the "Passout Challenge," "Game of Choking," "Speed Dreaming," and "Fainting Game," is lethal. Children that take part in this challenge are challenged on TikTok to strangle themselves until they pass out. When a child controls where they go to sleep, it gives others ideas about how to use sleep deprivation as a form of punishment.
Children will often use their bedsheets or even their own arms to perform the challenge. Sometimes children will even use objects such as tights or socks to choke themselves. No matter what method is used, when a child passes out from natural causes they have lost the challenge and are given new tasks to complete. These challenges are very dangerous and could cause death if not done properly.
TikTok has banned certain forms of content before they cause death, such as self-driving cars. However, there is no system in place for users to report these challenges so they can't be removed. Users need to know that these games exist inside of TikTok and are not just limited to certain regions or countries. There have been reports of children choking themselves to win prizes outside of China, which shows that this problem isn't going away any time soon.
Blackout or Backout is intended to be an adult drinking game that should be played responsibly. It is intended to be played by responsible adults who are aware of the effects of alcohol and the consequences of drinking. Playing Blackout or Backout is more of a social activity than an actual game. There are no rules other than having a good time and being respectful to others.
How does it work? Let's say there is a blackout rule at your party. When someone calls out "blackout" then everyone must take a drink - either straight from the bottle or down their throat - and not come up for air until the person says "backup". The person who called out "blackout" can't take a second drink until another person backs them up. If nobody backs them up within 30 minutes then they lose the game.
There are several different ways you can play Blackout at a party. You can use these as guidelines but not limits - have fun and enjoy yourself! As long as everyone involved is willing to participate in the game then you won't have any problems playing Blackout.
The first way to play Blackout is called "Take one down, push one back". This method requires that each player bring a bottle to the party (preferably empty).
A blackout is a transient state of forgetfulness that happens during or after the drinking of alcohol (beer, wine, or hard liquor). A person who is suffering a blackout is aware and functional during the blackout but is unable to partially or fully recollect events afterwards when sober.
Blackouts can happen at any time after drinking alcohol but are more likely to occur between 24 hours and seven days later. During these periods, people can suffer from alcohol poisoning, a broken bone, or another medical condition but would not know it because they could not remember what had happened. Blackout risk increases if you drink heavily or use other drugs or medications that can affect your mind or body.
People who black out often believe that the next thing they know something terrible has happened such as a car crash, sexual assault, or other dangerous incident. However, this belief is not based on reality; they simply cannot recall what had happened earlier that night.
In fact, studies show that about 70% of blackout episodes end without any problems. The other 30% may include injuries such as broken bones, cuts, and bruises that would not have occurred if the person was using proper judgment while unconscious. These results indicate that most people who experience blackouts are very safe. But many more incidents than injuries occur so some form of prevention is useful before going out to party or drink.