Here's our guide to keeping safe
We do not seek to tell anyone what they should or should not do, We all have choices to make in our life; our aim is to provide the most current sensible advice. Armed with that advice everyone can then make their own informed choice.
There are a number of practical steps you can take to reduce the risk of drug assisted sexual assault or robbery;
Before you go out:
- Plan your journey or night out, arranging your journey to-and-from home.
- Make sure someone knows where you are going and what time you will be home.
- When going to a pub, club or party avoid going alone. Friends can watch- out for each other
While you are out:
- Never accept a drink from anyone you do not completely trust.
- It goes without saying that all drinkers should be vigilant as to how they leave their drinks unattended if you have the ToppStoppa fitted and there are extra rings on the neck of the bottle then do not drink from the bottle it shows that the device has been replaced.
- Did you know that when a victim is under the influence of these drugs they sometimes appear to be enjoying themselves, the drug gives people a sense of euphoria, makes them open-to-suggestion (find it hard to say no) and friends of victims have reported that they thought the victim knew the stranger as they were talking, laughing and the victim looked relaxed.
- Only use establishments who show due care and protection to their customers.
- If dancing, take your drink with you and cover the top with your hand. If drinks are not allowed on the dance floor, finish your drink first - or get rid of it.
- Appoint a drink watcher when you go dancing or to the toilets. remember that a straw does not give you strong protection drugs can be added by using devices such as Eye Droppers - decongestant sprayers and Jiff lemon squeegees. remember a straw in to alcoholic drinks will make you drunk quicker.
- Do not share or exchange drinks.
- Know your drink tolerances.
- Don’t leave your drink unattended, even when going to the toilet.
- If you return to your drink and it has been moved, looks different, appears to have been topped-up, or tastes strange; don't take a chance.
- Be aware that drugs can be put in soft drinks, tea, coffee, hot chocolate etc., as well as alcohol.
- There are a number of drugs that could be used to incapacitate you; the majority will not be easily detectable in a drink.
- Drinking from a bottle and keeping your thumb over the top is a good idea. Just remember that if you leave it unattended you may not be able to see if anything has been put in it.
- Only use Bars, Clubs and Pubs who have accreditation to schemes such as "Best Bar None" and provide protection against drink spiking.
- Consider very carefully whether you should leave the pub, club or party with someone you have just met.
- If you begin to feel really drunk after only a drink or two, seek help from a trusted friend, or a member of the club or pub management.
- You must be sure you have absolute trust in the person you are asking for help, no matter how long you have known them.
- It is important to get to a place of safety as soon as possible.
- This can happen to men as well as women.
You cannot expect to remember a long list of prevention advice, every time you go out.
Just be aware
If something does not seem quite right, guard against the possibility of it happening to you or one of your friends.
Above all else - have a good time!