Drink spiking - is it a prank or drink spiking?
The phrase ‘drinking spiking’ is often associated with a drug being added to someone’s drink to facilitate sexual assault. However, there is evidence to suggest that an increasing number of drink spiking incidents involve a friend or acquaintance buying double or triple shots of spirits, when the victim believes they are drinking singles. This type of drink spiking incident is often considered to be ‘prank spiking’ by the perpetrator, with the motivation being for fun or amusement. This ignores the potentially serious physical and mental health risks that may occur to the victim who has unknowingly consumed more alcohol than they thought. The perpetrator may also be unaware that they are committing an offence as drink spiking is illegal in all Australian states and territories. Penalties include fines and imprisonment ranging from two to 25 years.
From the Australian Drug Foundation