Nobody is telling you to not have a drink or two this Christmas, but here are a few FAQ’s to help you stay safe and prevent your drink being spiked over the festive period.
— NHS Choices (@NHSChoices) June 28, 2013
1. How do I know if my drink has been spiked?
Often you don’t realise your drink has been spiked and the substance that your drink has been spiked with can have more obvious symptoms than others. If you feel confused or even the slightest bit drowsy, it is likely that something has been put into your drink.
A lot of young people don’t even realise it is happening. They are uneducated of the dangers. – Simon Edwards, Bournemouth Open Access Centre
2. What can happen if my drink has been spiked?
The symptoms of having your drink spiked differ from drink to drink and can depend on your body shape/size. The amount of alcohol you have already consumed can also have an effect. More serious drugs, such as date rape drugs, dull your responses and ability to be in control of your actions. Other drugs, such as Ketamine, can cause hallucinations and make your mind feel disjointed from the rest of your body.
3. What should I do if I suspect my drink has been spiked?
It depends on your circumstances. If you are experiencing side effects, such as drowsiness and hallucinations, get a friend or relative to take you to a local A&E department. If you suspect your drink has been spiked but are not experiencing any effects, report your situation to the police- drink spiking is a criminal offence. Talk to somebody: Bournemouth’s Open Access Centre is one example that deals with drugs and alcohol misuse and can arrange confidential meetings to help you deal with your situation.
4. What can I do to prevent my drink being spiked?
- Use a spikey (small plastic stopper)
- Don’t accept a drink off someone you don’t know
- Don’t leave drinks unattended
- Keep your drink in your hand
- Do not share or exchange drinks
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