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Ben Fogle drink spiking incident prompts a re-issue of safe drinking advice

Television presenter Ben Fogle has spoken of his anger after someone spiked his drink in a pub with an unknown drug.

He tweeted: “Whoever spiked my drink with mind altering drugs and put me in A&E with a psychotic fit. Did you think of the damage you would cause?”
Ben Fogle, 39, says he tried to jump out of a window and had to be restrained by his wife.
He says he has never taken recreational drugs and felt like he was having an “out of body experience”.
Ben Fogle’s wife Marina and the couple’s friends say they managed to lock him in a room while they waited for an ambulance to arrive.
He was then taken to hospital, sedated and kept in overnight.
The presenter has described how he spent days afterwards worrying that he was “going crazy”.
He says test results have since come back showing that there was no neurological cause and that doctors believe the incident was due to LSD or a similar drug.

The most common reasons for drink spiking areWDAAT LOGO MASTER

• for amusement
• to be malicious
• to carry out a sexual assault or rape
• to carry out a theft

How to avoid drink spiking
If your drink has been spiked it’s unlikely that you will be able see, smell or taste any difference.

The following steps may help prevent someone from spiking your drink:
• Never leave your drink unattended.
• Don’t accept a drink from someone you don’t know.
• Keep an eye on your friends’ drinks.
• Stay away from situations that you don’t feel comfortable with.
• Let someone know where you are and what time you expect to be home, especially if you’re going on a date with someone you don’t know.

• Don’t give out too much information to someone you’ve just met, such as your address.
• It’s important to remember that if you’ve already been drinking, it may make you less aware of any danger.

Ways to drink safely

• Drink plenty of water, especially during your drinking session.

• Eat well before you drink and your body will be better equipped to soak up alcohol; go for food that takes a long time to digest, such as bread, cheese, potato and pasta, as this will line your stomach. A pint of milk is also thought to have the same effect.

• Try not to mix your drinks, because you’re only adding to the number of toxins that your body has to deal with. If you’re planning on a session then stick to one kind of drink. That way you won’t crash out so badly.

• Try turning up to the bar or party later than usual, to minimise your drinking time, or kick off with a soft drink to stop you feeling so thirsty.

• Binge drinking is dangerous, as your body can only process one unit of alcohol per hour. If you can pace your drinking, and know when enough is enough, your system won’t floor you the next day. Before you start drinking, be sure you know when to stop. This can be hard when everyone else is drinking, but it can avoid bad hangovers.

• A hair of the dog drink might help blunt your headache, basically by making you drunk again, but all you’re doing is delaying the inevitable alcohol comedown.

• Finally when the party time is over take a break from boozing – set aside an alcohol-free period every now and then.

Criminal offence
Drink spiking is illegal, whether or not an attack or assault has been carried out. It can result in a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison for anyone who is found guilty of doing it. If an assault, rape or robbery has also taken place, the sentence will be even higher

About Paul Hooper, WCC (575 Articles)
Group Manager: Community Safety and Substance Misuse
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