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Choking game refers to intentionally cutting off oxygen to the brain with the goal of inducing temporary euphoria.
There are two distinct methods used to achieve oxygen deprivation; strangulation and self-induced hypocapnia.
Oxygen deprivation to the brain has the potential to cause permanent brain damage or death.
Strangulation is a ligature such as a belt or rope around the neck, or hands or arm pressure on the neck that compresses the internal carotid artery.
Self-induced hypocapnia requires hyperventilation (forced overbreathing) until symptoms of hypocapnia such as tingling, light-headiness or dizziness are felt, followed by a breath-hold.
In both strangulation and self-induced hypocapnia blackouts the victim may experience dreaming or hallucinations, though fleetingly, and regains consciousness with short-term memory loss and involuntary movement of their hands or feet.
Full recovery is usually made within seconds but these activities may cause permanent brain injuries or death, particularly when played alone or with a ligature.
Incidental, or direct, injuries may arise from falling or uncontrolled movements and crushing by a ligature or an assistant. Such injuries may include concussion, bone fractures, tongue biting and hemorrhaging of the eye.
Can be played in a group setting using methods such as bear hug chest compression, palms to chest compression, choke hold neck compression, and palms to carotid neck compression.
Mostly boys and girls between the ages of 9-16. Estimated as many as 250 to 1,000 young people die in the United States each year playing some variant of the choking game.
Recent college survey found the following statistics:
– 16% of students said they’d played the game.
– On average, students first played the game at age 14.
– Males were more likely to have played than females.
– 90% of students who had played the game learned about it from friends, and most students first played in a group setting.
Within 3 minutes without oxygen to the brain, a person will suffer noticeable brain damage. Between 4 and 5 minutes, a person is likely to die.
Slang terms for choking game; roulette, rising sun, space monkey, California high, airplaning, space cowboy, american dream, funky chicken, tingling, gasp, passout, suffocation, blackout, flatliner, fainting, trip to heaven, and five second high.