‘Defensive Drinking’ a Strategy Against Date-Rape Doping

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A generation of young female drinkers has absorbed the methods of protecting themselves and their friends during a night on the town, reports the Chicago Tribune. A decade after date-rape drugs first made headlines and the threat of spiked drinks swept conversations in bars and clubs across the country, the ways of young women drinking in America have changed. The women drink defensively, watching their glasses like they would watch their purses.

From on-campus seminars to e-mails, the word has long gone out to women to be on guard while in a bar or club. An industry has even grown up around the problem of drug-facilitated rape, with manufacturers bringing to market test cards, coasters and swizzle sticks to detect whether a drink has been spiked. As students head to college campuses, some for the first time, another generation on the cusp of legal drinking will be schooled in the strategies of how to have fun and stay safe. In the mid to late 1990s, fear about date-rape drugs reached a fever pitch in America’s clubland. But media attention and personal vigilance are credited with helping to blunt the once-terrifying trend.

Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-0508280283aug28,1,4178088.story?coll=chi-news-hed

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