Did you know that this city has a Drink Less Enjoy More campaign?
Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police and City Safe are working in partnership with an initiative to reduce drunkenness across the city of Liverpool.
18-30 year olds are more likely to get drunk to excess or encounter situations where their drink may have been intentionally spiked.
Drunkenness can have immeadiate health consenquences such as alcohol poisoning, and can contribute towards experiencing sexual violance, accidents and violent crime.
Below is an account from one of our students:
I'd heard about it on the news and seen it discussed across social media but I never thought I would become a victim of drink spiking.
I assumed it only happened once every blue moon so I'd have had to have been pretty unlucky. Apparently I was very wrong, and actually there's been a recent rise in the occurrence of drink spiking, and now I have learnt first hand what it's like. Listen up!
Admittedly, when I buy a drink it’s usually gone so fast that there’s never really time to put it down (not something I'd encourage). On this occasion however I was at a house party with friends, and unfortunately getting caught up in the night meant I occasionally lost sight of my drink - big mistake.
The party turned into a pre-drinks for our usual grimy Saturday night - standard. As everyone headed in to town I remember losing control of my speech and emotions, becoming a mess after 2 drinks. Needless to say I don’t remember getting to the club – or the pub we apparently went in beforehand.
I had ended unresponsive on the street, which required my friends to carry me to a taxi. This was followed by uncontrollable teeth grinding and hallucinations of strangers- in an almost empty room, whilst thinking I was in a fit state to head back to the club. Not exactly what I'd had planned...
Despite the experience leaving me traumatised and feeling incredibly nauseous the following day, I'm fortunate against others who have suffered much more serious consequences after ending up in hospital.
My tips to you:
- Keep your drink with you and covered up at all times.
- Avoid punch bowls. You can never be sure how strong it is or if anyone has secretly slipped something in!
- Don't be complacent because 'spikers' don't discriminate. They target both males and females so you can NEVER be too sure.
For me, the sad reality is that you should only trust yourself where drink is concerned. Even if you leave your beverage with a friend, who's to say they won't accidentally put it down?
While spiking is commonly associated with theft and sex, unfortunately sometimes it can be a practical joke...with very serious consequences.