One in nine women in the UK say their alcohol levels have increased, a new survey found.
Exclusive research by YouGov conducted for The independent one, found that 11 percent of women say they have had a spike in the past.
Of 1,600 adults, 870 women and 823 men, one in three women said they knew someone who had been the victim of alcohol spiking.
Beverage spiking has dominated the headlines in the past few weeks as it has been reported that women have been injected with unknown substances in nightclubs and bars.
The poll also found that four in ten women said they would not believe that police officers would take them seriously if they report their drink was added.
Meanwhile, 38 percent of men said they were skeptical the police would believe them, while 43 percent thought they would.
YouGov found that 6 percent of men said they had been vaccinated, with one in five saying they knew a victim.
It comes after the Council of National Police Chiefs announced that around 200 incidents involving beverages have been reported across the UK in recent months.
A number of police forces are investigating reports of people who have been given injections. Three men were arrested in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnon on suspicion of squirting drinks or using injections last month.
Helena Conibear, executive director of the Alcohol Education Trust, said The independent one Drink Spiking can be used by both sex offenders and scammers to aid theft. One of the “most terrifying things” about topping your drink is a “complete memory gap,” she said.
Ms. Conibear added, “We have spoken to people who have passed by the trash can area at clubs, freezing cold in the garden at private parties, or come back to their own digs without remembering how they got there.
“People who have their drink added often experience nausea, nausea, serious illness, and asthma attacks.”
Drink consumption has “long been a widespread and ongoing problem,” Ms. Conibear said, but as the public becomes more aware of the problem, she hopes reporting and law enforcement will increase.
“If you compare every ninth woman had a drink with the number of indictments, it doesn’t correlate at all,” she added. “Why is the reporting and conviction rate so low?”
Numbers received from The Observer on Freedom of Information Requests appears to show that Avon and Somerset Police have received reports of nearly 500 incidents involving drinks without a conviction. However, a representative of the force said the data may not be “necessarily accurate” as the numbers are compiled by searching for keywords.
Ms. Conibear said that impaling drinks makes people anxious in bars and clubs as they are forced to closely watch their drinks and be “vigilant”.
She cautioned anyone who thinks drinking drinks isn’t serious, which is wrong – adding that they can cause “tremendous mental harm” which can be as serious as psychosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, hospitalization and anxiety .
She said victims sometimes lose the self-esteem and confidence even to go out and socialize.
She added, “We need to bring police, A&Es, and venues together to be more proactive in finding out who these spikers are and prosecuting them.”
Charities and activists recently told The independent one Incidents are often “fired” by both the police and the NHS, which generally do not run blood and urine tests to see if victims have been riddled – with survivors routinely left nowhere.
Rebecca Hitchen, of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, said the data showed “how common” beverage spiking is.
She added, “Especially if we think the real number is probably even higher, as spiking often leaves victims with little memory of what happened and the most common drug, spiking used by beverages is alcohol itself.
“The fact that about half of women don’t trust the venue or the police force to take them seriously speaks volumes about the state of the police force and attitudes towards sexual violence in general and how much needs to change.
“Too often we see that concerns about spiking lead to extra safety work for women and girls to protect themselves. But what is really needed is that there are measures that specifically focus on the perpetrators who choose to violate the rights and well-being of women and girls. “
She also urged police officers and nightclub and bar clerks not to “discount and minimize the experience of women”.