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11th Apr 2024

7 in 10 adults will be affected by drink spiking – what are the signs?

Kat O'Connor

Spiking is unfortunately becoming increasingly common

Spiking is something many of us are extremely concerned about. It’s a possibility that can taint every night out and something too many women have experienced.

Spiking is becoming increasingly common, but knowing the signs and how to protect yourself is essential.

A recent study discovered that seven in 10 adults will be affected by drink spiking at some stage in their lives.

The concerning figures may not come as a shock as so many people have been spiked whether it was on a night out, at a house party, or in a club.

It’s important to remember that spiking is never your fault and something you shouldn’t be ashamed of.

Sometimes we’re as careful as can possibly be but it will still happen.

There are many things we can do to protect ourselves on a night out but the main one is to keep your drink close to you at all times.

Make sure you don’t leave it lying around or unattended at a bar because it only takes seconds for people to spike your drink.

Another thing to do to protect yourself is to buy your own drinks and don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know. You can never be too careful so don’t take someone’s generosity as a good sign and be cautious.

What are the signs of being spiked?

People will experience different symptoms based on what substance they have been spiked with and how much. It also depends on how much they’ve had to drink and if they’ve taken any drugs themselves.

The main symptoms will include vomiting, nausea, dizziness, feeling faint, and feeling drunker than usual.

People may also pass out, and struggle to walk, speak, see, and concentrate.

Other symptoms will include memory loss or blackouts, paranoia, and hallucinations.

Some people will have a temporary loss of body sensation which feels like having an ‘out of body’ experience.

If you have been spiked then it is essential to get help immediately. If you think you’ve been spiked then call emergency services for help.

Seek help from your friends or from staff and security if you’re in a bar or club.

You should also ensure you’re in a safe place and with someone you trust.