Drink spiking is not funny, not safe and not legal and it happens way too often.
People who `spike’ people’s drinks with drugs or alcohol may not fully understand the consequences of their actions. It can cause serious health problems, and it is illegal.
Even if your victim is not harmed by the action, people who spike a drink face up to two years in jail under State Government legislation.
Even if it is done just as a joke to a friend, slipping alcohol or drugs into a drink is illegal and can result in fines or jail.
Drink spiking can happen at hotels, clubs or private parties and is often linked to a crime, particularly sexual assault.
It can come in many shapes – from adding alcohol to a non-alcohol drink, adding extra alcohol to an alcoholic drink or putting prescription or illegal drugs in a drink.
Young women tend to be the most common targets of drink spiking and should be mindful of the risks.
To avoid this problem, it is best to party with trusted friends, buy your own drinks, don’t accept drinks from strangers, don’t take your eyes off your drink, ask a friend to watch your drinks if you can’t, and don’t drink to the stage that you are not in control.
If you suspect your drink has been spiked you should immediately stop drinking it and report it to the bartender or manager.