Spiking someone’s drink is a crime. The responsibility and fault is always with the person spiking a drink. It is never your fault if your drink has been spiked.
Did you know… the most common way to spike someone’s drink is by adding alcohol to a non-alcoholic drink or adding extra to an alcoholic drink. However certain drugs can also be used - these are added to alcohol and act as a powerful sedative.
- There are excessive bubbles
- It is cloudy
- It tastes strange or different (especially if it’s unusually bitter or salty, don’t finish it)
- The colour has changed (if it’s lighter, darker or even blue, pour it out immediately)
- It looks like it has been mixed
- The ice sinks
Symptoms usually take effect within 15-30 minutes, lasting for several hours. If you, or one of your friends, has any of the following symptoms, you/they might have been spiked:
- Feeling that any drinks consumed have had more of an effect than they should have
- Feeling dizzy, faint or confused
- Passing out, nausea or vomiting
- Feeling sleepy or unwell
- Impaired vision or speech
- Feel a sharp or sudden pain (check the affected area for an injection site)
‘I think my drink has been spiked’ - what to do:
We recognise that if your drink has been spiked you might not be capable of following the steps below.
- If you are able to, get help straight away: tell someone you trust and get to a safe space.
- Go to the bar staff and alert them. You can do this by asking for ‘Angela’. They will know you need help and will call you a taxi or help you out discreetly – without drawing attention to it.
- Do not leave the venue alone or with someone you don’t know or trust.
- Avoid consuming more alcohol.
- Call 999 (Emergency Services) or 01223 823333 (Campus Security, if on campus).
We emphasise that the fault is never with the person whose drink is spiked. As a university, we do not tolerate drink spiking or any other incident of sexual misconduct and assault.
Find out more about drink spiking on the Drinkaware website.