“The Choking Game” by Julie Rosenbluth, MPH, CHES for American Council For Drug Education You may have seen in recent headlines citing the death of several young children and teens caused by “the Choking Game”. Also known as the “pass out game”, “dreaming”, “pass out”, or “ghost”, you might even remember it or something like it from your childhood, as the concept has been around for a while. The primary goal is to cause a friend to literally choke or lose breath and feel a consciousness altering experience or a “high”. You may have thought it was a harmless game played at sleep-over parties or play dates but what you didn’t know is how dangerous and possibly deadly this game could get.
Unintentional Strangulation Deaths from the "Choking Game" Among Youths Aged 6--19 Years --- United States, 1995--2007 The "choking game" is defined as self-strangulation or strangulation by another person with the hands or a noose to achieve a brief euphoric state caused by cerebral hypoxia. Participants in this activity typically are youths. This report describes the results of that analysis, which identified 82 probable choking-game deaths among youths aged 6--19 years, during 1995--2007. Seventy-one (86.6%) of the decedents were male, and the mean age was 13.3 years. (CDC)
CDC Study Warns of Deaths Due to the “Choking Game” - At least 82 youth have died as a result of playing what has been called “the choking game,” according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in today′s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The choking game involves intentionally trying to choke oneself or another in an effort to obtain a brief euphoric state or “high.” Death or serious injury can result if strangulation is prolonged.
Teens Who Participate in Choking Game Alone At High Risk of Suicidal Thoughts – American Academy of Pediatrics – Nov. 2016 - For the study, "Solitary Participation in the `Choking Game' in Oregon" (published online Nov. 21), researchers examined data from the 2011 and 2013 Oregon Healthy Teens Survey. The survey is conducted every other year in Oregon, the only U.S. state that conducts statewide formal surveillance on this topic.
Health Risks of Oregon Eighth-Grade Participants in the “Choking Game” – Pediatrics - Results From a Population-Based Survey - Published online April 16, 2012.