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.
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.
For more information on drink safety and how you can manage the risk of drink tampering with the Brio Smart Coaster, please visit www.projectbrio.com
*Minesweeping – The act of grabbing a drink that has been left unattended with the intention of making it your own.