A night out with good friends can be the perfect tonic for all sorts of the usual worries and stresses of life. From a quick catch-up in the local to a big night out celebrating a significant event, hitting the town is an ingrained part of British culture.
However, your drink being spiked is a sure-fire way of ruining the whole experience. Even just thinking that your drink has been spiked is more than enough to put you on edge and feel unsafe and vulnerable.
What are the signs that your drink has been spiked?
If your drink has been spiked, how you will be affected depends on a number of factors, such as your size and weight, as well as the type of drug used. The amount of the drug used in the spiking will also have a huge effect.
It might sound surprising, but one of the drugs most commonly used to spike drinks is alcohol itself. This includes adding alcohol to soft drinks or shots of things like spirits to alcoholic drink to make the drink much stronger than the drinker realises. It’s not always that easy to taste alcohol in drinks, especially ones with a sweet flavour.
Depressant drugs are also commonly used to spike drinks. The typical signs that your drink has been spiked by a depressant drug such as a sedative include:
- Feeling sleepy, drowsy or dizzy
- Slurred speech and a loss of motor functions
- Muscle relaxation
- Memory loss
The reason it is so difficult to tell if your drink has been spiked is that so many of the drugs used are odourless, colourless and tasteless, making them effectively impossible to detect. Be aware of suddenly feeling any of the following symptoms, as they could well mean your drink has been spiked:
- Feeling really drunk, despite only having a small amount to drink.
- Feeling sick or sleepy
- Waking up the next day confused, disorientated and suffering memory blanks about the previous night.
Claiming for compensation
Hopefully, your friends will notice you’re feeling unwell and will be able to help you home. Safety in public place is of paramount importance and places that fail to safeguard their visitors through negligence may be liable for personal injury compensation.
A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline can set you on the way to the compensation you deserve so call our 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles. You can also take a 30-second online test to determine whether you can claim.
Date Published: February 23, 2017
Author: Accident Advice