The Revolutionary Nail Varnish That Can Tell If Your Drink Has Been Spiked

A group of male engineers have invented a nail varnish that can detect if someone has put a drug in your drink by changing colour

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'Don't put your drink down' and 'cover an open bottle top with your thumb' were two pieces of advice my Mum would always tell me before going on a night out, such was her worry that I might get my drink spiked.

Sadly, this cruel phenomenon can and does happen, with one in ten of us claiming to have had our drinking spiked at some point over the years, according to a crime survey carried out by ITV in 2014.

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However, a clever nail-tech company called Undercover Color in the US has invented a genius little nail varnish that can detect whether a drink has ben spiked by the wearer swishing their finger in their drink.

Think of it as your very own, life-saving and fashionable litmus test.

If a drink has been spiked, the nail varnish will change colour and could save thousands of women who risk being sexually assaulted or injured as a result of drugging.

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The revolutionary idea first came about in 2014 from a group of male engineering students at North Carolina State University who wanted to find a way to help their female friends stay safe when going to bars or out on dates.

The company's website reads: '1 in 6 women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. This unthinkable problem has reached epidemic levels on college campuses and something must be done about it. Power must be handed back to women in what is a devastatingly powerless situation.'

Two years later and having received £4.4 million worth of investment, Undercover Colors has hinted that the life-saving nail varnish could be set for sale as soon as 2017.

While this is a great way to help women take control on nights out and call out illegal activity, there are some who believe the invention could lead to victim blaming for women who choose not to wear the nail varnish.

Look, if this ground-breaking nail varnish could save even just one woman's life, we're all for it.

You can sign up to find out more about the launch of the nail varnish here.

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