When you’re out drinking with friends and having a wonderful time, it’s easy to have a few too many. Often, you only realize this after you feel the influence alcohol is having on your body.
But what happens when you feel more than drunk? How can you tell if you think you’ve been drugged? Knowing the warning signs is the first step in helping yourself or someone else who has been drugged.
Take a look at this image. It’s just a cozy couple at a bar celebrating something, right? We see this all the time when we go out, and it’s not a situation we would think twice about.
Now, take a closer look at the picture above. Do you spot what’s wrong? If you missed the capsule in his hand, we don’t blame you. A predator will do whatever they can to distract you from the danger of your situation.
Drunk or Drugged: Do You Know How to Tell the Difference?
Alcohol and date rape drugs cause many of the same effects on the body, as both cause mental and physical impairment. The main difference is how severe the impairment is on one’s body.
While alcohol can severely affect someone, it often takes numerous drinks before that occurs. Drugs, on the other hand, can start affecting someone in a few minutes (depending on the type).
One of the major signs that you have been drugged is if you haven’t had alcohol but feel drunk or if you have been drinking but the impact of alcohol feels extremely strong.
Date rape drugs are very potent and they take effect very quickly. Moreover, when the drugs are mixed with alcohol, they have an even stronger effect.
Spotting the Symptoms of Date Rape Drugs
In the unfortunate chance that you or a friend falls victim to being drugged, it is extremely helpful to be able to spot the symptoms to be able to identify the situation before any harm occurs. If you ever feel that something is not right with your body, make someone aware.
For a more in-depth description of the common date rape substances, the graphic below provides descriptions and symptoms.
If you suspect that you or one of your friends has been drugged, get to a hospital immediately as it is always better to be safe than sorry (cliché but true). And remember, always practice safe drinking habits as a preventative measure.