Drink Spiking Protection

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Drink Spiking Protection

How to Protect your Drink from Spiking

It’s an unfortunately reality that drinks-spiking is showing no signs of retreating from the dance floor. It’s a reprehensible crime that has been facilitating date-rape for many years now. Rohypnol, ketamine and GHB are the most commonly used “black out” drugs, which are designed to make targets lose consciousness and control of their critical facilities.

These substances are colourless and taste-free, making them very difficult to detect once they have been poured into your drink. There are, however, some strategies you can implement to ensure that they never make it through to you in the first place. Here’s how.

Simple Strategies

Here are some simple rules you can implement in any club or bar. The first is basically getting used to covering the top of your drink with the palm of your hand at all times. This will detract many opportunists from attempting to drug you. It also sends out the clear message that you are not to be “messed” with.

Politely decline any drinks from strangers. Sure, it’s flattering to have a Long Island Iced Tea sent your way by that alluring stranger at the bar. But, there’s no way of telling what’s in it. Rather, buy your own drink and join him/her within full view of the bartender. Reputable, RSA-licensed bartenders have your best interests at heart, and it’s also up to them to sniff out suspicious patrons.

This doesn’t mean that you should let the bartender off the hook! Whenever you place an order at the counter, watch the bartender put your drink together, right until the last cherry. When ordering beer, ask for unopened bottles if possible. Some bars have openers attached to the counters, so you can be responsible for opening your own drink.

This is an obvious rule, but it bears repeating: do not even think of leaving your drink unattended. If you need to make a trip to the bathroom/dance floor, either down your drink or leave it in the trustworthy hands of a close friend. If you, perchance, have neglected your drink and are doubtful about its safety, don’t take a chance. Discard that cocktail and buy another one.

Suspect You’ve Been Spiked?

There are a couple of signs to help point you in the right direction. If you find your drink in a new location after having neglected it, chances are it’s been tampered with. This may also be the case if it’s had the straw removed, or if there’s more or less liquid in the glass than before. Some effervescent drinks are not as fizzy after spiking.

It’s also important to look around the glass. Are their small signs of spillage? What about small unidentifiable sachets of powder on the counter or floor? Unfortunately, most date-rape drugs are colourless and tasteless, but they mat exhibit a strange smell. If any of these situations raise your alarm bells, it’s best to trust your gut and leave the venue – preferably with a friend.

These days, many companies have come up with inventions to block any external substances from entering your drinks. Browse the web to find what’s on offer. A popular and cheap item to try is bottle stopper for beers and ciders. SafeFlo, TopStoppa and Spikey are all variations of this particular invention, and have proven to be effective in stopping those harmful drugs in their tracks.