Party Goers Warned To Watch Th...


Party Goers Warned To Watch Their Drinks As Christmas Parties Begin

Heather Lawrie
Heather Lawrie

04:14 29 Nov 2023

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A new campaign has been launched around drink spiking.

The Sexual Violence Centre in Cork has teamed up with UCC and MTU for the initiative.

The centre is campaigning for people to stop spiking drinks, rather than leaving it up to the person to check their own.

Anti Spiking Bill

In October this year, the 'Anti-Spiking Bill’ passes all stages in Seanad. This Young Fine Gael campaign aims to make the act of ‘spiking’ a standalone criminal offence.

Those who are caught adding drugs to another's drink, could face a maximum of 10 years in prison if the law is passed. It is due to go to its first stage in Dáil Éireann soon.

How To Tell If You've Been Spiked

Campaigners say the blame is often out on the victim after they’ve been spiked for not checking their drink.

However, the SVC want to remind the public, a drink can still look and taste the same after being spiked.

It says while it important to know what a spiked drink looks like, it is even more important to recognize the signs of someone being spiked.

According to the HSE, these include:

  • nausea (feeling sick) or vomiting.
  • dizziness.
  • feeling faint or sleepy.
  • being confused or disorientated.
  • feeling more drunk than how you would normally feel.
  • unconsciousness (passing out)
  • difficulty walking, talking, concentrating or controlling your body.


As parties ramp up during the Christmas season, everyone is being reminded to keep a close eye on their drinks and their friends, for a safe and happy holiday!

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