Drink Spiking and Predatory Drugging

A Modern History

  • Pamela Donovan

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About this book


This book analyses common perceptions about drink-spiking, a pervasive fear for many and sometimes a troubling reality. Ideas about spiked drinks have shaped the way we think about drugs, alcohol, criminal law, risk, nightspots, and socializing for over one hundred and fifty years, since the rise of modern anaesthesia and synthetic 'pharma-ubiquity'. The book offers a wide-ranging look at the constantly shifting cultural and gender politics of 'psycho-chemical treachery'.

It provides rich case histories, assesses evolving scientific knowledge, and analyses the influence of social forces as disparate as Temperance and the acid enthusiasts of the 1960s. Drawing on interdisciplinary research, the book will be of great interest to upper-level students and scholars of criminal law, forensic science, public health, and social movements.


Alcohol Drugs Sociology Criminology Socio-legal studies date rape Rohypnol roofies GHB ecstasy sexual assault campus rape rape culture social problems critical public health moral panic criminal law criminal history alcohol criminology drugs forensic science gender health knowledge Moral politics Public Health sociology

Authors and affiliations

  • Pamela Donovan
    • 1
  1. 1.BloomsburgUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-57516-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-57517-3
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