Spiking a drink means that alcohol or another drug has been added to it. It is becoming more common, and can affect girls and guys. Drink spiking can lead to sexual assault, or robbery.
A lot of people don't realise that adding alcohol or more alcohol to a drink counts as drink spiking. This can be done by doubling or tripling the amount of alcohol or offering the person more alcoholic drinks.
Physical symptoms of drink spiking:
- Dizziness, feeling light-headed.
- Confusion, loss of consciousness.
- Rowdy behaviour, loss of self-control.
- Blackouts with memory loss.
Tips to keep yourself safe from drink spiking:
- Only accept drinks from people you know AND trust.
- Be suspicious if someone buys you a different drink to what you asked for.
- Always keep your drink with you.
- If you lose sight of your drink, don't drink from it again.
- Never share drinks with anyone.
- Don't be too quick to trust someone you don't know.
- If you feel dizzy or light-headed, get to a safe place with people you know AND trust.
Part of being a teenager is about experimenting, but remember that alcohol and drugs carry a high risk. It’s important to keep yourself safe