‘Borg Challenge’ Craze Leads to 46 Students Hospitalized

Written by on March 20, 2023

The “BORG” challenge is the latest college craze, but has it gone too far? Health officials are sounding the alarm on the drinking fad after 46 students at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst were hospitalized and 28 ambulances responded to the campus last weekend.

A “BORG,” which stands for “blackout rage gallon,” is a gallon-sized jug filled with a combination of hard liquor, water, sweeteners and electrolyte or caffeine supplements.

With spring break underway, how-to videos detailing different combinations for BORGs are flooding TikTok.

“It can be a recipe for disaster if you’re drinking a lot of alcohol in large volumes over a quick period of time,” Dr. Tucker Woods, who heads the emergency department of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City told Inside Edition.

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