En studie publisert i British Journal of Criminology peker på at neddoping av kvinner ved å tilsette f.eks. Rohypnol i drinken deres, for deretter å utnytte dem seksuelt, i stor grad er en myte:
Nick Ross, chair of the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science, commented: «There is no evidence of widespread use of hypnotics in sexual assault, let alone Rohypnol, despite many attempts to prove the contrary.
«During thousands of blood and alcohol tests lots of judgement-impairing compounds were discovered, but they were mostly street drugs or prescription pharmaceuticals taken by the victims themselves, and above all alcohol was the common theme.
As Dr Burgess observes, it is not scientific evidence which keeps the drug rape myth alive but the fact that it serves so many useful functions.«
Og hvilke nyttige funksjoner er det som antydes? Jo, bl.a. at å skylde på drink-spiking kan være en måte for ungdommer å unndra seg ansvaret for alkoholens effekt:
A study of more than 200 students revealed many wrongly blamed the effects of a «bad night out» on date-rape drugs, when they had just drunk excessively.