Be Spike Aware!

If your drink is spiked with drugs, or more alcohol, it can leave you very vulnerable. Spiking someone’s drink is a criminal offence and carries a heavy sentence in the UK.

There are ways you can make it more difficult for someone to spike a drink.


We have created an easy guide to help you to recognise the symptoms of drink spiking and know how to help yourself or someone else you suspect might be a victim of this crime.

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Spiking Advice & Guidance

What is drink spiking?

There are several methods used to spike a drink 1. Adding alcohol to a non-alcoholic drink or adding more to an alcoholic drink 2. Drugs normally added to alcohol or a soft drink that act as a powerful sedative. They can cause the person to become ill, fall unconscious and, in extreme cases, it can even lead to death. These drugs are colourless, odorless and tasteless 3. Injection: A new method being used to spike someone

How to protect yourself from drink spiking

  • Never leave your drink unattended. Please take it with you wherever you go and, if the club doesn’t allow drinks on the dancefloor or in the toilet, take time to finish your drink beforehand.
  • If someone offers to buy you a drink, make sure you go to the bar with them and watch your drink the whole time. Don’t let them go to the bar on their own, as there are far too many opportunities for someone to interfere with your drink.
  • Keep an eye out for people trying to distract you from your drink by putting your hand over the top of it.
  • Take out with you clingfilm to put over your drinks
  • If possible, have drinks from bottles – the necks make it more difficult to drop something into the bottle and you can also get ‘spikeys’ to fit bottles and protect your drink
  • Always let someone know where you are going and what time they can expect you back and plan your route home in advance
  • If you are unsure about your drink, don’t drink it and tell a friend or member of staff. Don’t leave it on the side – either take it back to the bar or pour it away yourself. Drinks that suddenly change colour, texture or get bubbles in them or have a white powder forming at the bottom all may have been spiked
  • Always Keep an eye on your friends and ensure you all get home safely, don't wander off with strangers

What are the signs of drink spiking?

Intoxication in as little as 15 minutes and lasts for several hours. A number of the symptoms are similar to the effects of alcohol and that can make it difficult to know if someone has had their drink ‘spiked’ – however, the main difference is how severe the symptoms are. While alcohol can severely affect someone, it often takes numerous drinks before that occurs. Drugs, on the other hand, can start affecting someone within a few minutes. • Confusion • Nausea or vomiting • Hallucinations • Disorientation • Loss of ability to communicate properly • Paranoia • Poor coordination • Unconsciousness

What to do if you suspect your drink has been spiked

• Avoid Judgement/disbelief “Are you sure you’ve not drunk too much” • Call an ambulance and explain that you are a potential victim of drink spiking • Report it to the police as soon as possible preferably straight away. • Drugs can leave the body in as little as 12 hours after consumption so it’s important the person get tested quickly. They won’t be tested in hospital it has to be done by the Police. • Incident book: Get someone to record details and preserve any evidence including CCTV, vomit, glass wear, drugs paraphernalia, witness statements and contact details. Store all of these together in one location