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Have you ever had our drink spiked?

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Going out for the night should be a chance to have a great time with your partners or mates. The last thing you want to worry about is someone slipping something in your drink. Sadly, this is a real risk and especially so for women. In 2021, The Independent ran a YouGov survey which found that one in nine women have had their drinks spiked, and one in three knew another woman who had been spiked.


What is drink spiking? To spike a drink means putting a substance in someone's drink that they have no knowledge of and have not consented to. This is usually with drugs or alcohol that could affect your body’s ability to function normally, which can potentially cause you harm and leave a person vulnerable.

Drinkaware says drink spiking can happen to any type of drink, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

Drinks spiked with alcohol or drugs can make a person seriously vulnerable. Spiking someone’s drink carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence in the UK.

Always keep an eye on your drinks to make it more difficult for someone to spike it and also help to protect your friends and loved ones by keeping an eye on their drinks if they need to go to the toilet or for a dance and visa-versa..

Yates in Commercial Road, Hereford are one of the local pubs that are giving out foil covers for glasses to prevent spiking of drinks, hopefully other venues may follow helping to tackle this vile crime.


Symptoms of drink spiking

The effects of drink spiking vary depending on what you’ve been spiked with. Your symptoms could include:

  • Lowered inhibitions
  • Loss of balance
  • Feeling sleepy
  • Visual problems
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Unconsciousness

The symptoms will depend on lots of factors such as the substance or mix of substances used (including the dose), your size and weight, and how much alcohol you have already consumed.

If you or a friend start to feel strange or more drunk than you should be, then get help straight away.

More advice and a guide can be found Drinkaware

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