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Cambridgeshire Constabulary is running an innovative seasonal crime-prevention drive called 12 crimes of Christmas. Number nine is about how to avoid getting your drink spiked. If you're going out partying this Christmastime, as a former drug-and-alcohol worker I can't recommend their advice enough.
Party-goers are being reminded to keep an eye on their drinks over the festive period.
With Christmas parties and celebration nights in full swing, officers are warning revellers to keep their wits about them. While out in bars and clubs, drinkers are being urged to be on their guard against having drinks spiked.
Christmas is a great time to go out and celebrate with friends and colleagues in pubs and clubs across the county. But it is important to be on your guard and not fall victim to drink spiking.
The most commonly used substance with which to spike a drink is alcohol. Some people will look to take advantage of someone by pouring something into their drink. By following some simple crime prevention advice you can reduce the chances of becoming a victim.
- Never leave your drink unattended while you are on the dance floor or in the toilet. Ask your friends or family to look after it for you.
- Never accept a drink from someone you don’t know or trust unless you’re with them when they buy it.
- Where possible, keep your thumb or hand over the top of your bottle or glass. To reduce the risks of drink spiking, drink from a bottle as it is harder to drop a drug or other alcohol into a bottle.
- If you start to feel unwell and suffer symptoms such as disorientation, dizziness, hallucinations, nausea or vomiting, tell a trusted friend or relative and seek immediate help.
It is also important to look after your friends, if someone appears to be unusually intoxicated they should not be left alone.
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Department of Transport - Drink Driving: The Facts
Police urge revellers to stay safe (Cambridge First)