Friday, December 09, 2005

Watching your drink tonight?

Yorkshire Lass reminds you to watch your drink tonight and every night because drink-spiking happens, and the consequences can be horrendous.

It's the Christmas party season, and there will be a number of rapes and sex attacks, robberies and accidents, where victims are found to have have had their drink tampered with. The victims will be women AND men.

The Met's Operation Sapphire have info here.

Watch the illegal minicabs as well. The police say:

'Always try to pre book a car through a licensed minicab office.
Ensure the car you ordered is the one you get into.
Know the car details and ensure the driver knows what name it was booked under.
Sit in the rear of the vehicle and carry a mobile phone or shriek alarm. '

And I would add, if you live in London, you might want to shove these in your mobile. Zingo Taxi is a way to hail a black cab on your mobile phone. Ace. Call 08700 700700 and they will find a cab in your area by tracking your mobile signal and you can pay them with a credit card.

Addison Lee will come and pick you up safely as well, texting you the car registration number and description of the car. They're on 020 7387 8888.

Handy clicks: Tablets that test for GHB, ketamine and Benzodiaepines. Tablets cost £2.

Drink detective info on the BBC, Drink Detective website. The kit costs £3.95. Appointing a nominated drinks-watcher is of course, free.



Blogger Fiona said...

Thank you for adding all the links that I never knew were out there. See you for our safe drinking session tomorrow x

December 09, 2005 12:50 pm  
Blogger Leigh said...

V. v. scary, but good advice. People forget that everyone is not so nice during the holidays...

Enjoy your cocktails (safely) & Cheers!

xoxo, L

December 09, 2005 4:36 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi rachel,

i have heard the the UK has decided to go to 24 hr drinking...and i cant believe it...with all the problems with drink (drunk) driving,fighting,etc.

even in ny which is a 24 hr city most places close by 4 am-some at 2 am.

ta ta for now,

December 09, 2005 8:22 pm  
Blogger MuppetLord said...

Hmm...helpful advice. I will link to this on my next post.

December 09, 2005 9:53 pm  
Blogger Zhoen said...

Great advice, all. Being willing to fight and run- to project an attitiude of being too difficult to be a good victim is also good.
For peace of mind- one of the most imporatant goals- it's wise to remember that most people are not rapists or murderers, or even petty criminals. And, after taking precautions- most people, most of the time, are just fine.
And, yes I understand that after a trauma- it's more complicated than that.

December 10, 2005 4:35 pm  

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