Alcohol And Drugs:
The Smart Approach
Alcohol and sometimes drugs are usually found at parties and nightclubs. Taking alcohol or drugs affects how you think and your ability to make good decisions. It is very common for people under the influence to have sex and regret it. This exposes people to STIs, unwanted pregnancy and low self-esteem. Getting drunk or taking drugs can also make you vulnerable to unwanted sexual attention or sexual assault.
NOTE: In Fiji you must be aged 18 or over to legally drink alcohol. Drugs such as marijuana are illegal in Fiji.
Tips for Safety
- If you are going to a nightclub, a bar, or any place where you know there will be a lot of alcohol, plan ahead:
- always have a bottle of water with you
- decide how much you are going to drink and stick to it
- slow down the effects by eating before you go out and drinking water regularly
- when you hang out, hang out with friends you trust
- don’t be alone with someone if they are making you feel uncomfortable or unsafe
- be aware you can make a decision you’ll regret when you are drunk
- if you think sex is a possibility then take a condom with you just in case
- plan how you are going to get home; don’t rely on people you’ve just met or anyone who has been drinking for a lift home
- beware of date rape drugs.
Effects of Drugs
Drugs have similar effects to alcohol, causing a person to lose control in the way they act. Long term use can create mood swings, make a person look pale from not eating well or sleeping well, and can also cause a person to lose track of time. If you or someone you know needs help to stop taking alcohol or drugs, the team at Medical Services Pacific can help. A combined approach through medical advice and counselling will provide the best opportunity to help lead a healthier lifestyle.
DATE RAPE DRUG
Date rape drugs (such as roofies, Special K, GHB or liquid ecstasy) are drugs used to assist in sexual assault. The sexual offender usually adds it to someone’s drink when they are not looking. This is called drink spiking, and the effects of the drug can make you weak, confused and even pass out. Scarily, you may not remember what happened while you were drugged.
Protect yourself by not accepting drinks from others, not sharing drinks, watching your drink, and having a non-drinking friend with you to make sure nothing happens.
If you think you have been exposed to a date rape drug or think you may have been sexually assaulted, contact the Police, your doctor or the team at Medical Services Pacific immediately.