Drink spiking Drink spiking is when someone puts drugs or alcohol into your drink without you knowing.


The drugs used are mind-altering substances that affect how you behave. So-called ‘date rape drugs’ may be used to spike a drink before a sexual assault. They are the most common drugs used to spike drinks. 

Recreational drugs like Ecstasy, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), Ketamine and other ‘party-drugs’ are sometimes used to spike alcoholic drinks. Mixing alcohol and stimulants can be very dangerous and can cause serious medical problems, ranging from nausea to coma. 

People usually spike drinks as a prank to get someone drunk or high, but sometimes drink spiking is used to assault, rob or rape someone.

Ideas for you

There are some practical things you can do to help reduce the risks of drink spiking when on a night out, including the following:

• Always buy your own drink and watch it being poured
• Don’t accept drinks from strangers
• Never leave your drink unattended while you dance or go to the toilet
• Don’t drink or taste anyone else’s drink
• Throw your drink away if you think it tastes strange or different

Further information on how to stay safe on a night out is available here from www.talktofrank.com

Things that might help

Other guides are also available to help you stay safe and avoid spiking here.

Other services and support

If you think you have been spiked on a night out information on how to report to Devon and Cornwall Police is available here.