How can you tell if your drink was spiked?

Who can I talk to? Plus preventive tips


Who can I talk to about this?

First of all, remember that none of this is your fault. By spiking someone's drink, the offender is 100% responsible for any outcome, intentional or not. If you have suffered a sexual assault, get in touch with your local or national Rape Crisis Centre for help. Google 'rape crisis' for a list of services and options or contact Victim Support. Student health services provide counselling for victims of trauma so go and see them, and let them help.

Preventive steps to avoid this situation

• Make sure you keep your drink with you and that it's not left unattended.

• Watch out for each other and keep an eye on your friends' drinks.

• Drink from a bottle rather than a glass and hold your thumb over the opening. Some clubs provide plastic stoppers, or you could take your own. Wine bottle stoppers, for instance, are easy to find in supermarkets.

• Finally, stay safe - the more you drink, the less aware you become of your situation and potential danger.

References:

[1] United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Guidelines for the Forensic Analysis of Drugs Facilitating Sexual Assault and Other Criminal Acts. 2011. Available at: https://www.unodc.org/documents/scientific/forensic_analys_of_drugs_facilitating_sexual_assault_and_other_criminal_acts.pdf. Last Accessed 04 October 2016.

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