Drink spiking

Responsible Service of AlcoholDrink spiking is when another person adds alcohol or another drug to a person’s drink without their knowledge or consent. A person who spikes a drink may be the victim’s friend, acquaintance, work colleague, date or a stranger. Drinks can be spiked in nightclubs, bars, dance parties, private residences, BBQs, community celebrations and restaurants. Drink spiking is a crime and apparent drink spiking incidents should be reported to police by RSA staff.

Alcohol is the drug most commonly used to spike drinks as it is relatively cheap, legal and easily available. In many instances, alcohol is added to drinks without suspicion. A person may not easily detect relatively tasteless alcohol, such as vodka, when it is added to their drink.

The most common physiological effects attributed to drink spiking are vomiting, unconsciousness, poor coordination and balance, slurred speech, lowered inhibitions, drowsiness, dizziness, loss of motor skills, impaired judgment, visual problems and nausea. These symptoms are also commonly associated with intoxication.

Drink spiking facts

  • Most victims are female but drink spiking also happens to males

  • Prank spiking is the most prevalent form of drink spiking with most perpetrators having no criminal intent

  • Non-requested alcohol added to a person’s drink is the most commonly used drug in drink spiking

  • It is suspected that drink spiking with alcohol may occur frequently but goes unreported

  • Research suggests that two-thirds of drink spiking incidents occur in licensed premises

  • Do not encourage or promote irresponsible behaviour

  • Always remove unattended glasses

  • Always report suspicious behaviour

  • Do not sell or promote alcohol in a way that leads to rapid consumption

  • Be aware of unusual requests, such as beer with a shot of vodka

  • Decline patron requests to add alcohol to another person’s drink

  • Follow RSA principles.

Preventing drink spiking in venues

  • Do not encourage or promote irresponsible behaviour

  • Always remove unattended glasses

  • Always report suspicious behaviour

  • Do not sell or promote alcohol in a way that leads to rapid consumption

  • Be aware of unusual requests, such as beer with a shot of vodka

  • Decline patron requests to add alcohol to another person’s drink

  • Follow RSA principles.

 

 

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