Having your drink spiked is something you hear about fairly often but never really take much notice of. I mean you just don’t expect it to happen to you, do you? But in reality spiked drinks are pretty common.
Personally I know a number of people and friends who have had their drink spiked at some point. Luckily I haven’t, but then I also do try to be careful when I’m out since I’ve seen the effect it can have. Yesterday Rebel Wilson posted a series of tweets letting her fans know about her recent experience. This is what has inspired me to write this post.
Hey guys, but especially to all the girls out there, please be super careful about what you drink when out at clubs and bars at night X
— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) March 10, 2016
A couple of years ago one of my close friends got spiked while we were on a night out. She’s usually very good at handling her drink but this particular night, just starting on her second drink, she started behaving really drunk. I’m talking stumbling around, not really knowing what she was doing (She walked in the mens toilet by accident! Luckily she had a male friend go in to get her). She was acting as if she had drunk about 10 strong drinks. We were worried so made sure to keep an eye on her, even if she kept wandering off. We ended up having to go home early and put her to bed. The next morning she said she had the worst hangover feeling she’s ever had, and just felt really scared and confused as she couldn’t remember the night at all.
Seeing her like this, and seeing her get so upset afterwards really hit me. We all knew she hadn’t drunk that much so it had to have been spiked. And that was a terrifying thought to all of us.
I’ve done a little research in the past and these are some of the things I do to try and protect myself from being spiked:
Keep hold of your drink.
From once the bartender hands it over to when you sip the last little bit, keep hold of your drink. If you put it on a table make sure it is in front of you and in clear sight. If you’re going to the toilet either take it with you or leave it with a friend you can honestly trust.
Keep your hand over the drink.
Since the incident I always carry my drinks with my hand over the top. Whether that’s with two hands, one covering it, or holding the top of the glass with my fingers. It’s surprisingly natural feeling and adds that extra security.
Make sure you stick with your friends or at least make sure someone knows where you are. When you’re drink is spiked the effects can hit pretty fast and go completely downhill. If this was to happen you want to make sure your friends are close to help you out or take you home.
I’ve heard of this being a thing and even seen girls do it but it seems horrid to me. You have no idea who had those drinks before you or whether they were ill! And you have no idea if anything was put in them. This is just the worst idea so don’t ever do it.
Be careful if accepting drinks.
If a stranger offers you a drink be super careful about taking it. Either make sure you’ve seen the bartender make it so you know nothing has been added or only accept closed bottles. Accepting drinks from strangers is always a bit iffy as you never know their intentions or what they’re like. So unless you think you might actually like the person, don’t accept anything. It might seem nice but could put you in danger if a man expects something in return.
Look out for tell-tale signs.
If the drink tastes a big funny after you’ve looked away or suddenly has some fizz or bits in it, then stop drinking it. It’s usually very hard to spot anything unusual especially in a dark club, but if you have any sort of worries avoid finishing the drink.
Stop if you feel anything unusual.
If you’ve been drinking your drink but start feeling drunk very suddenly, stop. If you start feeling a bit stumbly or just strange in anyway then don’t drink anymore. If you only drink some of a spiked drink you might save yourself from being effected a lot worse. It could be the different between passing out and making it home safe.
We always tend to forget about these things, especially if we don’t hear and scary stories for a while. But when our guard is down it’s more likely to happen to us. If you try to stay aware and careful, following some of these tips, then you should be okay. It’s really important and having your drink spiked can be a horrible and terrifying experience.