Police have issued a warning after an uplift in the number of drink spiking incidents reported to them in York.
PCSO Carlos Archer sent out a message over the weekend giving advice on how to keep safe in the light of the reports.
She said: “We have received reports of drink spiking in the York area in recent weeks, so we thought it would be helpful to send out our top tips for keeping you, your friends, family and loved ones safe.
“Although still relatively low in terms of recorded incidents, we are seeing a slight increase in alleged drink spiking in pubs and bars across York.”
How to avoid drink spiking
PCSO Archer gives this advice:
- Never leave your drink unattended, whether it’s alcoholic or not
- Don’t accept a drink from someone you don’t know
- Ensure you stay with your group, and lookout for each other
- Avoid drinking heavily, and be aware of the strength of any alcoholic drinks you consume.
How to help a friend who you think has been spiked
- Tell a bar manager, bouncer or member of staff
- Stay with them and keep talking to them
- Call an ambulance if their condition deteriorates
- Don’t let them go home on their own.
There is more useful information on the Drinkaware website.