Drunk of Drugged: Spotting the Symptoms of Date Rape Drugs

Drunk or Drugged? Spotting the Symptoms to Watch For

Editor’s Note: This article contains material that may make survivors of drug-facilitated crimes feel uncomfortable or trigger flashbacks of their situation. Reader discretion is advised.

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.

Drunk vs. Drugged: Do You Know How to Tell the Difference?

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.

Drunk or Drugged: Spotting the Symptoms of Date Rape Drugs

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.

Drunk or Drugged: Symptom Chart

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.

Check out the What Is Brio tab above to learn about an easy, innovative way to protect your drink while you’re out having fun.




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Why Every Woman Needs to Know About the "Angel Shot"

Why Every Woman Needs to Know About the ‘Angel Shot’

Ladies can feel safer knowing there’s an Angel on their side

Having a bad date or feeling unsafe? Bartenders are forming secret codes to help get their female patrons out of sticky or potentially dangerous situations.

Ordering this shot could save your from a sticky situation

With the rise of drug-facilitated date rape stories in the news, many women feel unsafe while out on a bar date. But now, thanks to the clever thinking of bartenders everywhere, ladies can feel a little safer meeting their Tinder matches for a drink.

Bars and restaurants across the globe are forming secret codes to help their female patrons get out of sticky situations. The “angel shot” at the Iberian Rooster restaurant in St. Petersburg, FL is one of those secret codes.

Now this shot isn’t the alcoholic kind – it’s a discrete way for you to tell the bartender you need help. There are a few different ways you can order your “angel shot” that has a specific meaning:

  • An angel shot neat – A bartender will escort you to your car.
  • An angel shot with ice – The bartender will call a taxi or Uber for you.
  • An angel shot with lime – The restaurant staff will alert the police.

According to the restaurant’s owner, Russell Andrade, no one has yet to order an angel shot – which is definitely a good sign. A similar safety code called “Ask for Angela” was the inspiration behind the angel shot.

Why Every Woman Needs to Know About the

Image from Isobel O’Brien/Twitter // Lincolnshire ask for ‘Angel’ poster

“Ask for Angela” was a poster campaign created by The Lincolnshire Rape Crisis center to help women discretely inform the bar staff that she feels unsafe. The staff will then help you out without making too much of a fuss.

Hopefully, more movements like these will continue to grow and spread to more establishments across the country.



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Dangerous Drinking Trend On Campus

Dangerous Drinking Trend On Campus

First It Was Just Binge Drinking, Now There’s “Drunkorexia”

U.S. researchers at the University of Missouri found that one in four female students would skip meals to save room for calories from alcoholic drinks. This risky behavior has been called “Drunkorexia“, and it’s a much more common problem on college campuses than previously thought.

Dangerous Drinking Trend On College Campuses


The dangerous popular trend among college students: Drunkorexia

“Drunkorexia” is a non-medical term coined for someone limiting the intake of food calories in exchange for alcoholic calories. In Laymen’s terms, students are engaging in behaviors such as skipping meals, excessive exercising, laxative use, or purging in order to make room for alcohol consumption.

This phenomenon has been spreading across college campuses for years and has the potential to become the most dangerous drinking trend on campus. With eating disorders being a prevalent problem among college-aged youth, it’s not surprising that the issue is more widespread than previously reported.

It’s more common on college campuses than previously thought

Numerous studies, including a survey by the University of Houston found that “eight in 10 [students] had engaged in at least one behavior linked to drunkorexia, including inducing vomiting, consuming laxatives, or skipping food entirely before drinking.” Another study by the University of South Australia showed that nearly 60% of female students exhibited drunkorexia-related behavior.

However, this risky behavior is not exclusively limited to the female student population either. According to the lead research of the University of Houston study, Dr. Dipali Rinker, “Our study suggested that males are just as likely, if not more likely, to engage in these behaviors…because men, in general, just tend to engage in riskier drinking behaviors than women.”

This has become normal behavior on college campuses, with some students skipping meals, not to save calories or money, but for the sake of becoming intoxicated faster. These drunkorexia-related behaviors leave students susceptible to negative consequences like drinking related injury or illness, sexual assault, and engaging in other risky behavior like drug use.

The gateway to other disorders

Drunkorexia-related behavior can be a gateway to other addictive behaviors. Students who have said they have engaged in Drunkorexia-related behavior are at risk for other disorders like Bulimia, binge eating, and alcohol abuse. These behaviors can also be masking underlying problems of depression disorders.

While “drunkorexia” isn’t a diagnosis, the combination of binge drinking and anorexic behavior displayed in students has health officials taking a closer look at drunkorexia as a drinking and eating disorder. The dual addiction of eating and drinking disorders of drunkorexia requires intervention and therapy. Counseling is available on many campuses solely for students affected by drunkorexia, and help is available to those who need it. If you or a friend is exhibiting Drunkorexia-related behavior, be supportive as they cope with recovery.


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Three Ladies Became Heroes for Stopping Date Rape in it’s Tracks

One Night Out Turned These Ladies Into Heroes

Three Women Help Thwart Plot To Drug A Woman In A Santa Monica Restaurant


Three Women Help Thwart Plot To Drug A Woman In A Santa Monica Restaurant

Sonia Ulrich, Marla Saltzer, and Monica Kenyon were not expecting to become heroes when they set out to Happy Hour at the Fig Restaurant in Santa Monica, CA. They were having a grand evening, until Kenyon saw something that would make every parent’s blood boil.

“I was looking up and saw this guy looking completely suspicious,” Kenyon tells PEOPLE. “He seems really nervous and then I see his hands twist a little bit and I see something fall from them and into the wine glass in front of him. Immediately my thought was, ‘Oh My God’ did I just see that.”

After the group debated on what to do, the woman got up to use the restroom and Ulrich followed after her. According to a post on Ulrich’s facebook page, she approached the woman and said, “Hey! Um, this is kind of weird, but, uh, we saw the guy you were with put something in your drink.” The woman was absolutely stunned by the news. Ulrich had hoped to hear that the woman had just met the man, but she told her that he was one of her best friends.

Shortly after, Saltzer told a server what they saw. The server then informed management and security, who reviewed security footage to confirm the report. Meanwhile, the evening continued on. Saltzer noticed the man clinking his glass to the woman’s several times to get her to drink the tainted wine. The manager checked on the table, and the staff stalled the couple’s meals and bill, while they awaited the Santa Monica Police to arrive on the scene.

Michael Hsu, 24, was arrested at the restaurant by Santa Monica Police. Hsu was found with three vials of an unknown substance in his possession, one of which was empty. The substance has been sent off to examiners to determine what it is. Hsu is charged with one felony count each of administering a drug and assault with intent to commit a sex crime. He is in custody on $1 million bail.

“You hear these stories at a club but it was not the case here. It is not the boogeyman in the dark corner lurking to jump on you. It could be someone you know,” says Ulrich. Statistics from the CDC report that 1 in 5 women have been victims of rape, often by someone they know. A report in the journal Psychology of Violence, published on May 23rd, shows that episodes of drink spiking have also increased on college campuses [See: How Well Do You Know Drink Safety].

Ulrich recounted the evening’s events on her Facebook Page. The post has been shared on the social media site over 116,000 times and continues to spread.

Three Women Stop Man From Spiking Date's Drink

Photo Credit: Sonia Ulrich

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New Saliva Test detects date rape drugs

New simple saliva test detects ‘date rape’ drugs in minutes

The New Test Can Detect 6 Date Rape Drugs

Researchers at Loughborough University, UK and the University of Cordoba, Spain have developed a simple saliva test that can differentiate between victims of the ‘date rape’ drug GHB and those poisoned by counterfeit alcohol.


The saliva test detects the presence of methanol, ethanol, ethylene glycol, propan 1,3 glycol and -hydroxybutyric acid (GHB). GHB is a central nervous system depressant that is slipped into a victim’s drink to numb their senses or render them unconscious. Unlike other ‘date rape’ drugs that can last in the victim’s system for up to 72 hours, GHB leaves a victim’s body within 12 hours of being taken.

Methanol, ethanol, ethylene glycol, and propan 1,3 glycol are industrial chemicals sometimes found in counterfeit alcohol. These substances can have numerous harmful effects on the victim, and early detection is vital for gathering evidence in cases of drug-facilitated assault or robbery.

“This new test looks for alcohols and poisons in human saliva,” explained Loughborough Professor of Analytical Science, Paul Thomas. Scientists behind the new method claim it will be as simple as taking a temperature with a thermometer. This new test will allow medical staff to quickly diagnosis GHB or alcohol poisoning in apparently drunk patients.

The researchers are now working towards clinical trials in hospital emergency departments, where the test will be put through its paces in a real-life setting.

Read the original article at Daily Mail


New Saliva Test detects date rape drugs

How Well Do You Know Drink Safety?

How Well Do You Know Drink Safety

In a recent video, JoeySalads, a Youtube personality known for conducting pranks and social experiments, performed an experiment on how important it is to know and to practice drink safety. The roofied drink social experiment video showed how easy it was to roofie a girl’s drink when she and her companions were otherwise occupied.

Drink spiking occurs when a substance is placed into a person’s drink without their knowledge. People use drink spiking as a prank or as a tool to lower the defenses of the victim to facilitate a crime. There are many substances used to spike drinks: Alcohol (being the most commonly used substance in drink spiking), gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB), Rohypnol (roofie), and Ketamine (special K). These substances can have numerous and harmful effects on those who consume them such as deliriousness, unconsciousness, and loss of bodily control or ability to speak. In extreme cases, overdoses of these substances can lead to coma or death.

Do you know who is watching your drink?

In recent years, drink safety has become a growing concern for college-aged youth. Companies like Bloomingdale’s have come under fire for mocking this problem in it’s latest holiday catalog. The advert in which the copy reads, “Spike your best friend’s eggnog when they’re not looking,” as you can imagine, has had some serious Twitter backlash saying this problem is nothing to joke about.

Drink Spiking Advertisement from Bloomingdale's

They have since apologized saying, “In reflection of recent feedback, the copy we used in our recent catalog was inappropriate and in poor taste. Bloomingdale’s sincerely apologizes for this error in judgment.” Their advert does bring up a good point: Who do you trust to watch your drink for you when you aren’t looking? Hopefully, you don’t have a friend like this guy. But can you always trust that your friend is really watching your drink?

In the roofie experiment video, the unsuspecting victim thought her drink was safe in the hands of her friends. However, they didn’t do a very bang up job of playing drink watch dogs. While they were busy talking, Joey was easily able to slip a pill into her drink without detection. Stranger danger might seem like the most prevalent form of drink spiking, but out of the nearly 30% of incidences of drink spiking reported to the police that involved sexual assault, 4 out of 5 assailants were either friends or acquaintances of the victim.

Make sure you are leaving your drink with someone you trust, and who you know will guard your drink when you aren’t looking.


How to manage your risk of drink spiking

Drink spiking has become such a prevalent problem that numerous organizations have created programs to show people how to practice drink safety. Just because you don’t think you’re at risk of drink spiking, doesn’t mean you should not protect yourself. After all, you may not realize your drink has been spiked by smelling or tasting it. Here are just some of their safety suggestions for you to put into practice when you go out:

Always keep your eye on your drink. Don’t leave your drink unattended or with someone you don’t really know, like a bartender or stranger. It isn’t a bartender’s job to watch your drink, and leaving a drink with a stranger or unattended can be a risk to your safety. Only leave your drink with someone you trust or take it with you if you can. If you aren’t sure that your drink is safe, leave it and get a new one.

Avoid sharing other people’s drinks. Minesweeping* drinks at a club or party is not a good idea. Additionally, never bum or accept a drink off someone you don’t know. You never know what is in their drink, and just because someone else can handle it doesn’t mean you can. If you can’t remember what drink is yours, get a new one.

Choose unopened bottles or cans as an alternative to glass drinks. If you want to be more secure with your drink choices, order a drink that comes from a bottle, or can, that you can watch the bartender or wait staff open in front of you.

Don’t drink anything that tastes wrong to you. While some substances are odorless, colorless, and can be masked by the taste of alcohol, others can cause an odd bubbling, fizzing, or alter the color in your drink. Be sure to always trust your instincts. If you feel that something isn’t right with your drink, you might be right.

Speak up. If you see someone put something into your or someone else’s drink, alert the manager, bartender, or host immediately. You have the power to protect someone else just by speaking up if you see something.

Also, always remember to drink water to battle dehydration. Hangovers are no fun for anyone.

If you think you or a friend has had their drink spiked, be sure to alert a friend or manager about what is happening immediately. Keep a close eye on the person’s condition, and get medical attention right away if their condition worsens or they lose consciousness. Urine or blood tests can be performed within the first 24 hours to detect the presence of most drugs, and can help with police investigations of drug-facilitated crime.

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*Minesweeping – The act of grabbing a drink that has been left unattended with the intention of making it your own.