Studies of shown that as many as one in ten people have had their drink spiked whole on a night out. This issue affects both men and woman, but usually young woman. Both genders have their drinks spiked for a variety of reasons, including for theft, sexual assault and as a misguided prank.


Hard statistics are difficult to come by, as tragically incidents can go unreported due to the shame involved, or victims worry that won’t be believed.


The most frequent unwanted addition to drinks isn’t drugs – its alcohol. Adding extra alcohol to sweet or strongly flavoured drinks can be hard to detect and lead to decreased inhabitations, memory loss or loss of consciousness. It can also be difficult to prove you drink has been spiked when already drinking alcoholic drinks.


Another risk is having your drink spiked with drugs such as Rohypnol or GHB. These drugs will effect inhabitations and memory in much the same way as excess alcohol, but can be much more dangerous has high doses can cause respiratory problems.


According to DrinkAware “Recreational drugs like Ecstasy, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), Ketamine and other ‘party-drugs’ are sometimes used to spike alcoholic drinks. Mixing alcohol and stimulants is very dangerous and can cause serious problems, ranging from nausea to heart failure.”


If you suspect a friend of yours has had their drink spiked on a night out, there are several things you can do to help.


The most important thing is to stay with them so that you can make sure they are safe. If there condition is getting worse, or you’re worried they’ve lost consciousness then call an ambulance. Explain to the paramedics that you suspect their drink has been spiked.


You should also inform the bar/pub/club owner of your suspicions. They can check CCTV footage to see if a drink has been spiked, or if anyone was acting suspiciously.


SURE stock a variety of solutions to help people stay safe while on a night out, including the AlcoTop – a reusable bottle top that clips on to bottles and covers the mouth, so that nothing can be added to a drink. These come in bright colours and act as a visible deterrent as well as protecting the bottle itself.




 

 

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Joe Marshall