A businessman has made something to test drinks that might have been drugged. It is called Test Your Drink and was invented by entrepreneur Gary Bates. It is a kit with six pieces of paper that test for drugs used to spike drinks. Such drugs are also called 'date rape drugs'. They put the drinker into an unconscious state and disrupt their memory. This happens if a person slips drugs into someone's glass. The drinker then loses self-control.
Drink spiking is a global problem. It is very common, especially for young women. Up to 20 per cent of victims are men. Studies show that between 10 and 25 per cent of young women have had a drink spiked. Mr Bates' advice is: "Don't leave your drinks unattended. If you are worried that something might have happened, [the Test Your Drink kit] will give you peace of mind." The product will soon be available to buy for about $1.65 a pack.