Women warned to guard al­co­hol

Townsville Bulletin - - Nye — Party Central -

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.

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