Drink spiking is when someone adds drugs or alcohol to your drink without you knowing. As a result, you can begin to lose control feeling drunk quickly which can put you in a risky situation. This is normally done with the intention of committing further crimes such as sexually assaulting someone
- Females under the age of 34 are at highest risk
- Someone might spike your drink to make it easier to sexually assault you.
- Most people don’t believe they are at risk of drink spiking. This is because you may not think someone you just met, who you have been talking to or get along with is a stranger, this may make it easier for you to accept a drink from them
Common drugs used in drink spiking:
- Gamma Hydroxyl Butyrate (GHB)
- Sleeping pills and antihistamines.
“These substances might have no taste, color or smell. This makes it difficult to know they are in your drink.”
They can cause:
- Lack of coordination
- Feeling drunker than expected
- A severe hangover when you had little or no alcohol to drink
- Loss of consciousness
- Blackouts and loss of memory.
“Adding alcohol or drugs to a person’s drink without their knowledge is a crime and is punishable by law”
What to do if you believe your drink is spiked
- Drink spiking is serious: If you feel unwell or believe your drink has been spiked call triple zero (000) or ask someone you trust to help you get to the nearest hospital
- If you feel unwell or have been sexually assaulted, go to the emergency department of the nearest hospital or call 000.
- Ask the doctor to test for the presence of drugs.
Keeping yourself safe
- Party with trusted friends. Talk about how you will watch out for each other while you are at a party
- Buy your own drinks. Watch the bartender prepare your drink.
- Don't accept any drinks from strangers/if you do watch the drink being prepared and take the drink yourself.
- Know your limit and when you feel you need to stop drinking
- Don't take your eyes off your drink. If you have to go to the toilet, for example take your drink with you.