YSJSU #StopSpiking

YSJSU #StopSpiking

In light of rising cases of spiking within the UK, we would like to share with you the steps that we are taking to make nights out safer for students, to help everyone to feel comfortable when you go out.

An order of anti-drink spiking stoppers will soon be arriving to the SU bar. They will be available to everyone and free to use both in the Union and across bars and nightclubs in York. We recognise that this is not enough on its own, and that we need wider systemic change.

Working alongside the YSJSU team, Chris – the President of Wellbeing and Diversity, has reached out to the City of York Council for their collaboration on efforts to lobby for tangible change regarding student safety across the city.

We have also been analysing the licenses of venues across York. Most state if venues run ‘student nights’, then they have a duty of care to ensure that students are safe, and that there are contingencies in place should a student be in a vulnerable situation. It is important that we make venues aware of their responsibilities, hold them to account, and ensure that they prioritise student safety.

YSJSU will be committing to a long-term campaign that aims to work on ways to improve student safety, raise awareness and provide resources. If anyone is interested in being a part of this initiative, please email Chris Smith, President of Wellbeing and Diversity, at [email protected]

Everyone should feel safe when going out, the onus is on venues and the City of York Council to put more safety measures in place. We will continue to work tirelessly to lobby for change.



How can I tell if my drink has been spiked? 

1) The colour of your drink has changed  

2) Your drink looks cloudy  

3) Excessive bubbles 

4) Your drink tastes funny  

5) Sinking ice 


What are the symptoms? 

  • Feeling dizzy or faint 

  • Feeling ill or sleepy  

  • Feeling drunk even if you think you have only had little alcohol to drink 

  • Passing out 

  • Waking up feeling uncomfortable and confused, with memory blanks about the night before 


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 conditions deteriorate  

  • Help them get home safe. Do not let them leave the venue with someone you do not know or trust  

  • Try to prevent them drinking more alcohol  


Signs that someone’s drink has been spiked  

  • They have difficulty concentrating or speaking. They find it hard to move and have a lack of balance 

  • They are experiencing visual problems, particularly blurred vision 

  • They have lowered inhibitions  

  • They are vomiting or feeling extremely nauseous 

  • They are hallucinating  

  • They are confused and disorientated, particularly after waking up 

  • They are paranoid. Having feelings of fear and distrust of others  

  • They are experiencing memory loss (amnesia) or ‘blackouts.’ They are unconscious 


If you believe someone has been spiked: 

STAY with them and keep talking to them 

ALERT a member of staff security or a trusted person  

SEEK medical help- call 999 

Make sure they get home SAFE  

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