What to do if you think your friend's drink has been spiked | University of Oxford
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What to do if you think your friend's drink has been spiked

Drink spiking commonly occurs with alcohol, but it can also involve drugs.

Symptoms may include a loss of consciousness, a loss of balance, visual problems, lowered inhibitions, confusion, nausea, or vomiting.

Never leave your drink unattended and don’t accept drinks from strangers. When holding a bottle, try to cover it with your thumb when you’re not drinking.

If you think your friend’s drink has been spiked, it’s important that you do not leave them alone. Attempt to get the attention of a member of staff at the venue and notify them of the issue. Ensure your friend gets home safely – which includes not leaving them in a taxi alone. If your friend’s condition deteriorates, call 999.

More information on drink spiking can be found on the NHS and Drink Aware website.