At Christmas, incidences for drink spiking increase, as more people are out partying, and we are all letting our guard down a little. Carry a Safe-Girl Drink Detective Detector Stick, to be extra safe.
Drink spiking occurs when a substance, such as drugs or alcohol, is added to your drink without you knowing about it.
This may affect how you act or behave with other people.
If your drink has been spiked, the way you feel will depend on which drug has been used but you may feel drowsy, confused and find it difficult to speak or move. You may also feel more drunk than you should be given the amount of drink you have consumed.
When these feelings have passed you may not be able to remember what happened.
‘What should I do if I think my drink may have been spiked?’
Tell someone you trust – this may be a friend or the pub landlord or bar manager, and get to a safe place. If you aren’t with a friend, ask the pub landlord or bar manager to call a trusted friend.
If you feel unwell, someone you trust should take you to the accident and emergency (A&E) department of your nearest hospital and tell the medical staff that you think your drink has been spiked.
Report it to the police as soon as you can. They will need to take blood and urine samples. Most drugs leave the body within 72 hours of being taken (the date-rape drug GHB leaves the body within 12 hours), so it’s important to be tested as soon as possible.
If you have been sexually assaulted, even if you are too upset to report it to the police immediately, you should try to seek medical assistance if you have been hurt or injured. Any forensic evidence obtained during tests can be stored while you decide whether to report it to the police.
How to avoid drink spiking
If your drink has been spiked it’s unlikely that you will be able see, smell or taste any difference.
The following steps may help prevent someone from spiking your drink:
- Never leave your drink unattended.
- Don’t accept a drink from someone you don’t know.
- Keep an eye on your friends’ drinks.
- Stay away from situations that you don’t feel comfortable with.
- Let someone know where you are and what time you expect to be home, especially if you’re going on a date with someone you don’t know.
- Don’t give out too much information to someone you’ve just met, such as your address.
- It’s important to remember that if you’ve already been drinking, it may make you less aware of any danger.
It isn’t just women who are targeted. The most common reasons for drink spiking are:
- for amusement
- to be malicious
- to carry out a sexual assault or rape
- to carry out a theft