Having your drink spiked at a festival is a horrible experience. As accidents at festivals go, it’s undoubtedly one of the very worst. What should have been an unforgettable time with friends becomes a haze of confusion and worry.
What are the signs of having your drink spiked at a festival?
Having your drink spiked at a festival doesn’t necessarily mean that someone has slipped a drug like Rohypnol into your drink. In fact, the most common method of drink spiking is simply adding more alcohol to a drink. With spirits, it can be difficult to detect extra alcohol. Even with soft drinks, those with sweet or strong flavours can mask the presence of alcohol. Especially as, at a festival, you are unlikely to be focusing on your drink’s content.
However, if you do have your drink spiked at a festival, you will probably start experiencing the following symptoms:
- Feeling sleepy, dizzy and drowsy
- Muscle relaxation
- Loss of motor skills
- Loss of inhibitions
- Memory loss
- Losing consciousness
- Impaired judgement
- Blurred vision
What can you do if you get your drink spiked at a festival?
As with so many safety tips, especially for events like festivals, prevention is the best cure. Here are some key techniques to staying safe at a festival:
- Stay in groups. Never has the saying ‘safety in numbers’ been truer. Being in a group limits the chances of having your drink spiked. It also means that, if it does happen, friends are around to help.
- Keep your drinks covered. Drinking from bottles massively reduces the chances for someone to spike your drink at a festival. If you only have cups, keep your hand over the top when you’re not drinking and avoid setting it down.
If you or your friend thinks your drink has been spiked at a festival, seek help immediately. You need to get out of the crowds and to one of the many medical tents.
Festival organisers have an obligation towards the safety of the festival attendees. The provision of medical tents and assistance is part of this remit.
If you are injured at a festival because of negligence on behalf of the organisers, you may be due public injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles for more information.