Ex-Eastenders actor starts campaign to raise awareness of drinking craze Neknomination

Stuart Antony outside the pub in Lion Road, Bexleyheath.

Stuart Antony outside the pub in Lion Road, Bexleyheath.

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A FORMER Eastenders actor wants to start a campaign against new drinking craze Neknomination to raise awareness of the growing problem.

Stuart Antony, who lives in Bexleyheath, took over the Royal Standard pub in Lion Road in May last year and says he has made a 'roaring success' by turning it into a gay pub.

The 26-year-old is using resources from charity Drink Aware to give out posters and flyers across schools and colleges in the borough to make people aware of the dangers concerning the new trend.

So far the drinking craze has been linked to the deaths of four young people including Isaac Richardson, 20, from Woolwich after he downed a pitcher of spirits and lager.

A man from Cardiff and two young men from Ireland also died taking part.

The father-of-one said "For me as a landlord promoting irresponsible drinking is against the law, this being illegal won’t stop people taking part in these challenges.

"Hopefully someone making them aware of the possibility that this could kill them will stop this dangerous craze.

"I have had people come into the pub openly showing me videos of people doing it and people have even asked me to do it.

"Young people need to be aware that this is a huge problem which is killing people."

Stuart, who is originally from Dartford, starred in the BBC soap for two years and played Alfie Moon's friend Simon White.

The stunt is part of the Neknomination fad which is thought to have originated in Australia.

Samantha Elden-Lees, who is an A&E Consultant Nurse at Darent Valley Hospital, said:"This is something I am very adament about.

"Social networks and social media are promoting a very dangerous practice that will cost lives. They need to be accountable and responsible for this.


"People themselves need to stop this by not putting themselves at risk."

Participants down drinks in outrageous ways or neck potent cocktails of booze before posting the video online and nominating friends to try and top their performance within 24 hours.

The aim of the game is to complete a drinking dare - ‘Neck’ - and then nominate someone to do the same.

Dr Sarah Jarvis, medical adviser to alcohol education charity Drinkaware warned competitions to drink excessively in a short space of time can be dangerous, and putting videos of these episodes online could affect people in the long term.

She added: "Quite apart from the risk of accident or injury as a result of drinking to excess, there is another aspect to these online drinking games which is the "cybershame" some young people may experience.

"Drinkaware research shows nearly half (47 per cent) of 18-24 year olds admitted un-tagging drunk photos of themselves that they didn’t want others to see.

"However there is still a chance that these photos may be seen by universities and prospective employers.

"So while it may seem like a lot of fun at the time, the range of negative consequences are no laughing matter."

The hashtag ‘neknominate’ started trending on Twitter in the UK in January 2013.

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8:29am Thu 13 Feb 14

ELVIS83 says...

Oh Stuart to the rescue
Oh Stuart to the rescue ELVIS83
  • Score: 7

9:57am Thu 13 Feb 14

Carly6350 says...

Well done Stuart
Well done Stuart Carly6350
  • Score: 2

10:01am Thu 13 Feb 14

Wellingbloke8 says...

It's a stupid game glad someone is making our kids of today aware it's bloody dangerous
It's a stupid game glad someone is making our kids of today aware it's bloody dangerous Wellingbloke8
  • Score: 7

10:52am Thu 13 Feb 14

the wall says...

The first drinking game in history! Outrage!!!!!!!

Teenagers being silly thats never happened before. The more publicity it gets the more people will do it because they think it's the next cool thing to do. Ignore and it will go away just like all the other crazy things on the web.

Natural selection.


http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=ZMBJeFkOU
Dk
The first drinking game in history! Outrage!!!!!!! Teenagers being silly thats never happened before. The more publicity it gets the more people will do it because they think it's the next cool thing to do. Ignore and it will go away just like all the other crazy things on the web. Natural selection. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=ZMBJeFkOU Dk the wall
  • Score: -33

11:21am Thu 13 Feb 14

Wellingbloke8 says...

Didn't realise the standard is a gay pub good idea
Didn't realise the standard is a gay pub good idea Wellingbloke8
  • Score: 12

12:28pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Techvedic says...

Rubbish game, and it should be banned definitely no matter it what it takes. I appreciate the enterprising effort of Stuart. (Editor, Techvedic.)
Rubbish game, and it should be banned definitely no matter it what it takes. I appreciate the enterprising effort of Stuart. (Editor, Techvedic.) Techvedic
  • Score: 0

1:45pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Citygirl83 says...

I am getting a bit bored of seeing them pop up on my facebook feed to be honest. Its sad and pathetic really, no I'm not boring just have better things to do that video myself downing a glass full of drink and nominating friends to do it.
I am getting a bit bored of seeing them pop up on my facebook feed to be honest. Its sad and pathetic really, no I'm not boring just have better things to do that video myself downing a glass full of drink and nominating friends to do it. Citygirl83
  • Score: 2

2:01pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Jameslovett1 says...

Well done Stuart I do not see anyone else do anything about this growing situation hope this campaign will wise people up a bit.
Well done Stuart I do not see anyone else do anything about this growing situation hope this campaign will wise people up a bit. Jameslovett1
  • Score: 2

4:53pm Fri 14 Feb 14

HearTheFacts says...

When I was a teenager, it was glue sniffing. Crazes come and go, like this one will. But now with the internet, it spreads faster.

So what the next craze?.
When I was a teenager, it was glue sniffing. Crazes come and go, like this one will. But now with the internet, it spreads faster. So what the next craze?. HearTheFacts
  • Score: 3

3:21am Sat 15 Feb 14

Mich-L says...

Unfortunately younger kids are getting nominated to do these ridiculous things and I've seen videos where these kids are drinking all manner of disgusting things with alcohol which could poison them!

Are the Newsshopper able to put us in touch with Stuart at all? we are a local kids/youth gaming club in Bexleyheath.

www.facebook.com/Bex
leyGamingClub

Thanks
Unfortunately younger kids are getting nominated to do these ridiculous things and I've seen videos where these kids are drinking all manner of disgusting things with alcohol which could poison them! Are the Newsshopper able to put us in touch with Stuart at all? we are a local kids/youth gaming club in Bexleyheath. www.facebook.com/Bex leyGamingClub Thanks Mich-L
  • Score: 3

2:43am Tue 18 Feb 14

Stop_Whining says...

"Ex Eastenders Actor" - Let's be honest guys, he was a raging little fag for a couple of years. Hardly a landlord of The Vic or related to the Slaters'.
"Ex Eastenders Actor" - Let's be honest guys, he was a raging little fag for a couple of years. Hardly a landlord of The Vic or related to the Slaters'. Stop_Whining
  • Score: 4

10:21am Tue 18 Feb 14

ความจริง says...

Another pathetic attempt to get in the local rag.......
Another pathetic attempt to get in the local rag....... ความจริง
  • Score: -23

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