A night out with friends or colleagues should be an enjoyable experience and is something that is looked forward to. But what happens if your drink is spiked.
'Spiking' is when alcohol or drugs is added to someone's drink without them knowing with the intentions of increasing the strength of the victim's drink and lowering their inhibitions.There are no official figures for drink spiking, the majority victims cannot remember or are too embarrassed to tell anyone.
South Wales Police state these occurrences are 'extremely rare' in Cardiff.
Spiking someone's drink is illegal with a sentence of up to 10 years in prison or more if an assault, rape or robbery has occurred.
With students starting or returning to universities across the country, freshers events will be aplenty; these are fun and great to meet new people but safety is of prime importance.
A Wales Online article shares the experiences of three students who have had their drinks spiked in order to encourage others to stay safe and drink responsibly.
(Something we don't recommend).
See full article here;
Whilst this is a worrying thought,, there are some things you can do to keep yourself and friends safe on a night out.
Keeping safe on a night out:
Know where you are going, who you are going with and how you are getting there.
Stay with your friends whilst you are out.
Alcohol can seriously cloud your judgement and it's the most common date rape drug. Be mindful of how much you are drinking.
Be careful of accepting drinks from strangers - there's always the added risk of someone adding an incapacitating drug.
Don't leave your drinks unattended, if you do leave them unattended get a fresh drink - it's not worth the risk.
Feel unwell or uneasy on a night out - door staff are there to help you and keep you safe.
Make sure you know how you are getting home and keep enough money (hidden) to get home safely.
Avoid shortcuts when walking.
AWARENESS - AVOIDANCE - DIALOGUE - ACTION