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Drink Spiking Facts!
We all love a drink, whether thats casually over a chat, on a date or on a big night out with mates. However there are many dangers that men and women face after they've had a few drinks which can be deadly. Drink spiking occurs when alcohol and/or another drug is placed in a person's drink without their knowledge. Young women are common targets of drink spiking and the harms resulting include sexual assault, robbery and unsafe sex.
Many of these substances are quickly absorbed after being consumed, resulting in rapid onset of the effects. Symptoms to look out for include:
- Feeling dizzy or faint
- Feeling ill or sleepy
- Feeling drunk even if you think you’ve only had a little alcohol to drink
- Passing out
- Waking up feeling uncomfortable and confused, with memory blanks about the night before.
The above list of signs can be related to someone who has been consuming a lot of alcohol. However, if alcohol and/or another drug has been added it will happen more quickly. This is further complicated by not knowing how much alcohol the affected person has consumed earlier.
If you or a friend suspects a drink has been spiked you are encouraged to report it to the Police. Reporting the incident within 24-hours means a urine sample can be analysed. A positive test confirms the drink spiking and provides good evidence for prosecution. Police will be interested in all the circumstances surrounding the drink spiking such as last drink and descriptions of persons-of-interest.
Who is targeted?
- 4 out of 5 victims are female
- Around half of drink spiking victims are aged under 24
- Of the reported drink spiking incidents, a majority have no associated criminal victimisation, indicating that ‘prank spiking’ may be a common motivation for drink spiking
- Between 20 and 30 per cent of incidents reported to police involve sexual assault.
How to avoid drink spiking
- Always buy your own drink and watch it being poured
- Don't accept drinks from strangers
- Never leave your drink unattended while you dance or go to the toilet
- Don't drink or taste anyone else's drink
- Dispose of your drink if you think it tastes odd.