ALIAS: Rising Sun, Space Monkey, Space Cowboy, Flatliner, Gasp, American Dream, Tingling, Blackout, Passout, Funky Chicken and Roulette.
PURPOSE: To cut off flow of blood to the brain resulting in lightheadedness and a euphoric high.
RESULT: The death of thousands of brain cells which could lead to short-term memory loss, hemorrhage, harm to retina, stroke, seizures, coma and death. Within 3 minutes of oxygen deprivation to the brain a person can suffer brain damage. Extend that time to 4-5 minutes without oxygen and death can result.
HOW IT'S PLAYED: The Choking Game can be played either alone or in a group. If played in a group, one teen willingly submits to being choked by a friend. Teens use ropes, scarves, belts, bags and dog leashes as a choking weapon. When the Choking Game's played alone, the need for a high can become deadly. Most deaths reported from the Choking Game are from loners. Oftentimes, these teens pass out and are unable to release the rope, etc., resulting in their premature death.