As a licensee you have a responsibility to provide a safe venue for your customers. Both licensees and staff should watch out for drink spiking.
Drink spiking is when someone slips drugs or alcohol into someone else’s drink without their knowledge or consent. It can occur wherever drinks are served. It is illegal and has been linked to crimes such as sexual assault and robbery. People can be charged, fined, or jailed.
It is important to develop procedures to prevent such events occurring by:
- ensuring a person behind the bar is trained in responsible service of alcohol, and can identify and respond when incidents happen
- ensuring a person behind the bar is trained in an accredited first aid program if an emergency happens
- collecting unattended glasses, and letting customers know unattended drinks will be collected for their safety.
If a drink spiking incident occurs at your venue, it is important for you and your staff to:
- talk to the victim to see how you can help
- find out if they are with a trusted friend who can look after them
- call an ambulance
- call the police
- record the details in the incident register.
You can download our drink spiking posters to display in your venues. The posters aim to encourage customers to call out suspicious behaviour to staff, and to give staff guidance on best practices to prevent drink spiking.
Reviewed 21 August 2023