Drink Spiking

A “spiked drink” means that alcohol or other drugs have been added to someone’s drink without their knowledge or approval. Any drink can be spiked, including soft drinks, juice, water or alcohol. If a person is a victim of a spiked drink, they are vulnerable to sexual assault, robbery and other harmful actions. Remember that alcohol itself is a drug.

Drink spiking is illegal. Slipping alcohol or drugs into a friend’s drink as a joke is not only harmful; it is also against the law.

Keep track of your drinks

Sometimes people think they have been “spiked” when really they have had more alcoholic drinks than they thought. Be aware of the number of alcohol drinks you are consuming. Drinks can be spiked through the addition of more alcohol than you have requested, for example double or triple shots or the addition of tasteless alcohol. It is important to be alert to situations where your drink could be altered without your permission:

  • Never leave drinks unattended, for example when you go to the dance floor, the toilet or become involved in a conversation.
  • Never accept drinks from strangers.
  • One way to minimise the risk if someone does offers you a drink, is to go with them to the bar or the place where the alcohol is being served so you can watch it being made.
  • Make sure you can see the drink being poured or opened.
  • Avoid sharing drinks.
  • If you are unsure about your drink, don’t drink it.
  • Refuse drinks that look, smell or taste strange.

Feel drowsy or suddenly ‘out of it’?

There are a range of reactions to a spiked drink. For example, you may feel suddenly drowsy, unbalanced or “out of it”, start vomiting, lose consciousness, experience muscle spasms or have respiratory difficulties. Do not wait and hope it will pass: Call an Ambulance by phoning “000”.

  • If you start to feel very confused, sick, faint or uncoordinated, tell a trusted friend or staff at the venue.
  • Alert someone you trust, and ask them to take you to a safe place.
  • If you are alone or cannot locate or contact your friends, contact bar or security staff, or the police.
  • Do not attempt to leave on your own.
  • Do not isolate yourself from friends or staff by going to the toilets alone.
  • Tell the host of the party or bar staff if you see drink spiking occurring.