About drink spiking

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About drink spiking

  • Drink (and food) spiking is illegal in Australia;
  • Alcohol is the most frequently used drug in drink spiking;
  • Offenders use drink spiking as a way to control or isolate their target.

According to the Alcohol & Drug Foundation:

'Drink spiking occurs when a person deliberately adds alcohol or another drug to a drink without the knowledge of the person who will be drinking it.'

Drink spiking can be used by offenders as a way of controlling or isolating a person in order to sexually assault them.

Evidence shows that one-third of drink spiking incidents are associated with a sexual attack, and are vastly under-reported. Four out of five victims of drink spiking are female.

What can you do if you think your drink was spiked?

If your drink has been spiked you may not be able to see, smell or taste it. The drug or extra alcohol may be colourless and odourless and may not affect the taste of your drink.

Warning signs include:

  • Feeling dizzy or faint;
  • Feeling ill or sleepy;
  • Feeling drunk even if you think you've only had a little alcohol to drink;
  • Passing out;
  • Waking up feeling uncomfortable and confused, with memory blanks about the night before.

If you think your drink was spiked, you can:

  • Ask someone you trust to help you get to a safe place;
  • If you feel unwell or have been sexually assaulted, go to the emergency department of the nearest hospital;
  • Ask your doctor to test for the presence of drugs. Urine or blood tests can pick up traces of certain drugs up to 24 hours later.

More information about drink spiking from the Drug and Alcohol Foundation

If you think you have been sexually assaulted, you can talk to our experienced counsellors, who will help you decide what to do next.

Get in touch:

NSW Rape Crisis
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