Women warned to guard alcohol
WOMENarebeing warned to guard their drinks to deter drinkspikers this New Year’s Eve.
Townsville CIB officer-in-charge Detective SeniorSergeant Graeme Eaton said the sheer number of people who were expected to attend nightclubs made drinkdrugging more likely duringthe festive season.
However Det Sen-Sgt Eaton warned people that consuming excessive amounts of alcohol could lead to similar symptoms.
He said actual proven cases of drink-spiking were quite rare in the Townsville area.
‘‘While drink-spiking does happen, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, particularly if they are not used to it, could lead people to believe their drink has been spiked when it may not be the case,’’ he said.
Det Sen-Sgt Eaton said a handful of drinkspikingcases had been reported to police so far this festive season.
‘‘While two are still under investigation, the others could not be proven,’’ he said.
‘‘In a lot of the cases when we have had blood taken, we have found no trace of drug. A lot of the time it seems people have got carried away with their environment and not realised how much alcohol they had to drink. When they start to feel sick from the alcohol they think their drink has been spiked.
‘‘As far as I am aware it is not as prevalent as it is made out to be.’’
However, Det SenSgt Eaton said some drugs could be absorbed into the blood stream quickly, leavingno trace after a couple of hours.
‘‘If people suspect their drink has been spiked, contact police and get to a doctor or the hospital so they can take a blood sample.’’
He warned women not to become complacent duringthe festive season.
‘‘Obviously it is more prevalent when there are more people in the clubs, like duringthe festive season.’’
He acknowledged that some smoking zones in pubs and clubs were alcohol-free — but this was not an excuse to leave a drink unattended.