Individuals around the world are bracing themselves for what is to be the most watched presidential debate in the history of television. Some are hosting parties with tables of food and games, while others are opting for a simpler approach of ingesting alcohol whenever a candidate says or does something that was pre-selected before the debate began. One popular choice of game rule is participants must drink every time a candidate lies on stage, but health officials have spoken out to warn that doing so may be dangerous to your health, but not why one might think.
The Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, warned, “You simply can’t drink every time one of these guys says something silly. We’ve got…candidates who are prone to gaffes…it’s just a formula for disaster.” Murthy continued with good humor, “We’re not saying that people shouldn’t have fun participating in the rotting vestiges of our once-great democracy. Just do it responsibly.”
Studies found that there were over 70,000 cases of reported alcohol poisoning in 2012 following political debates. One of the study’s authors, Dr. Pritam Baruah, said, ““That just counts alcohol poisoning and other drug overdoses. The numbers don’t include injuries from motor vehicle accidents or people’s misguided attempts to wash their brains out with bleach.”
The words may seem like satire, but they are not. There is a real danger in the stupidity of candidates lying during a debate, something which Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has taken to new heights. However, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is not immune from gaffes or lying, so if any injuries take place they both may find themselves partly responsible for the ensuing chaos.