Drink Spiking Happens On US Campuses

Posted: May 25 2016, 9:41am CDT | by , Updated: May 25 2016, 9:58am CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Drink Spiking Happens on US Campuses
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  • Drink Spiking becomes a Growing Problem on US Campuses

It has been speculated that the drink spiking myth may be for real. Many males on campus tend to drug the drinks of females who are unaware of the fact.

Drink spiking is a common practice in the West. It often takes place at fancy parties and on college campuses. Just enter the phrase “spiked drink” on the search engine and you will get 11 million results.

There are those who term it nothing but an urban legend. A team of experts sought to answer the question once and for all. The study they undertook was published by the American Psychological Association's journal Psychology of Violence. 

The total sample consisted of 6064 students across three universities. 462 of these students reported 539 incidents of their drinks being drugged. At least 83 spoke of how they had drugged someone else’s drink or knew someone who had drugged someone else’s drink.

This points to the fact that spiking drinks is not just a modern-day myth. It is as real as it gets. This is cause for worry. There were of course differences between the sexes in this regard. Women were the most likely candidates for having their drinks spiked. They also suffered the after-effects.  

Yet believe it or not but men comprised 21% of the victims. Women were often the victims of sexual assault while the males were just having a good time.

There were more benign reasons such as making someone relax or nod off. The fact of the matter is that even if no evil intentions exist behind spiking someone’s drink, the victim is still being forced to take a drug and this is a crime of sorts.

There were issues with collecting data for this study since the practice is a coercive one and people like to remain secretive about it. 

The researchers remained unsure whether the claims made by the victims and perpetrators were for real or tall tales. Even the victims who suffered in obvious ways were not quite sure whether what happened was real or just a lot of brain fog during an alcoholic haze.

There is indeed the possibility that many of the victims just drank too much and then started having other thoughts regarding whether they had been drugged or not. These questions require answers if we are to solve the issue of spiked drinks.

The problem is that many common OTC drugs can interact in a strange way with alcohol and lead the victims to feel like they have been deliberately drugged. The research into the matter is just beginning to pick up speed. It will take some time to come up with solid data regarding date rape drugs. 

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