to avoid drink spiking
drink has been spiked, it's unlikely that you will see,
smell or taste any difference. Some drugs, such as GHB,
may taste slightly salty or smell unusual.
start to feel strange or more drunk than you should
be, get help immediately.
where you drink lots of alcohol in a short
space of time, can increase the risk of having your
drink spiked or being the victim of a sexual
avoid drinking too much alcohol, especially in
unfamiliar situations. You could lose control, make
risky decisions and become less aware of
following steps may also help prevent drink spiking:
leave your drink unattended and keep an eye on your
accept a drink from someone you don't know.
sticking to bottled drinks and avoiding punch bowls
or jugs of cocktails.
give out your address to someone you've just met.
you think your drink has been tampered with, don't
drink it Ė tell a trusted friend or relative
- Before going
out, let someone know where you're going and
what time you expect to be home.
plans for your journey home.
taking expensive equipment with you or anything that
could be a target for thieves.
you are travelling abroad, be aware of the local
area and where you can find help.
bars provide plastic stopper devices, such as lids to
put on bottles, which can reduce the risk of your drink
being spiked. However, these stoppers won't stop you
consuming a drink that has been spiked with additional
may also provide kits to test your drink, but these
donít test for every kind of drug and often don't
should I do if I think my drink has been spiked?
tell someone you completely trust, such as:
aren't with anyone, call someone you trust and get
to a safe place. Ask to use a phone if yours has been
need urgent help, call 999. Be wary of accepting help
from a stranger and donít leave with someone you
feel unwell, someone you trust should take you to your
nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department.
Tell the medical staff that you think your drink has
for a trusted friend or relative to take you home and
stay with you until the drugs have fully left your
it to the police as soon as you can. They may ask
you to provide blood and urine samples.
drugs leave the body within 72 hours of being taken (the
date rape drug GHB leaves the body within 12 hours), so
it's important to be tested as soon as possible.
are abroad, get help from a travel representative, local
medical services or ask a bar or hotel manager to call
local police. You can also find contact
details for the British Embassy, High Commission or
Consulate on GOV.UK.
assault and robbery following a spiked drinky
have been physically assaulted, robbed, or both, you
should report this to the police. They will want any
information you have about your attackers, such as:
you knew them
they looked like
circumstances that led to the attack
happened during the attack
police will need to keep a record of your injuries, and
you may need to receive medical treatment.
been sexually assaulted following drink
have been sexually assaulted, you should get medical
attention as soon as possible. You may need tests to
determine whether you have any sexually
transmitted infections (STIs),
or whether you are pregnant.
don't have to report an attack to the police immediately
if you don't want to.
contact any of the following places for advice,
treatment or referral to a specialist service (such as a
Any forensic evidence that is obtained during tests
can be stored while you decide whether to report the
attack to the police.