- Publish Date
- Thursday, 4 January 2018, 2:48PM
- By Bryan Ward
Although it doesn’t happen that often remain vigilant ALWAYS with your drink be it alcoholic or non alcoholic over the xmas holiday period.
Never lose sight of your drink
It can take only minutes for someone to feel the effects of a spiked drink. Memory loss can be a side effect of many of the drugs used to spike drinks. Many victims are unaware of what has happened to them, and have very little memory of the incident, if any at all.
The best way to protect yourself and your friends from being spiked is to be aware of what you consume and never take a drink that you haven’t seen being prepared in front of you. Never leave your drink unattended, even for a moment, and if it doesn’t taste right, don’t finish it.
If you or your friends start to feel strange or unwell then you should get help and seek medical advice straight away.
Be vigilant if you're drinking with strangers
When you go out for an evening you never know who you’re going to meet, so always keep your wits about you. If someone appears to be over-friendly and eager to get you to drink, be vigilant.
If you get separated from your friends in a bar, pub or club, let them know where you are. If you happen to meet new company and they ask you to go on somewhere else, introduce them to your friends and tell them where you’re going.
Be a drink buddy
If you're out with a friend, or friends, keep an eye out for them. If they appear to be more drunk than you'd expect, dizzy or slurring their words, take control and make sure they’re okay. If you’re concerned, make sure they either get medical help or get home safely
If your friend is showing signs of having their drink ‘spiked’ there are few things you can do to help.
What to do if you think a friend has been spiked:
- Tell a bar manager, bouncer or member of staff
- Stay with them and keep talking to them
- Call an ambulance if their condition deteriorates
- Don’t let them go home on their own
- Don’t let them leave the venue with someone you don’t know or trust
- If possible, try and prevent them drinking more alcohol as this could lead to more serious problems
- If you’re on your own, call someone you trust or dial 111 if you need urgent help. If you suspect drink spiking, ask to be taken to the nearest Accident and Emergency department.
- Tell the medical staff you think you’ve been spiked. Urine and blood tests carried out in the first 24-72 hours are most likely to detect traces of date rape drugs. If you believe you have been assaulted report the matter to Police.
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