Coming to Uni is a huge change in a short space of time, its a chance to make some great friends, have fun and of course a little study. Going out is fundamental to the student life style, but not everyone out is gonna be your friend. So here’s a few tips on how to stay safe.
Don’t Get Spiked!
Okay, so if your like me, you’re gonna think its not gonna happen to me… Well you never know when it may happen to you or one of your mates. Being spiked is rare, but can be very dangerous, If you see someone spiked they may need urgent help, its very important to report any suspected spiking to venue staff (Bar Staff, Hosts or Security), they will be able to arrange help.
What are the symptoms?
- lowered inhibitions
- difficulty concentrating or speaking
- loss of balance and finding it hard to move
- visual problems, particularly blurred vision
- memory loss (amnesia) or “blackouts”
- feeling confused or disorientated, particularly after waking up (if you’ve been asleep)
- paranoia (a feeling of fear or distrust of others)
- hallucinations (seeing, hearing or touching things that aren’t there) or having an “out of body” experience
- nausea and vomiting
How to prevent being spiked
- If someone offers you a drink, follow them to the Bar
- Drink out of bottles where possible, and cover the bottle with your thumb when your not drinking
- Don’t leave your drink unattended
- Don’t drink someone else’s drink
- If you think your drink has been tampered with, don’t drink it
- Before going out, let someone know where you’re going and what time you expect to be home
- Make plans for your journey home
- Don’t give out your address to someone you’ve just met
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