Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol and drugs have a significant impact on the community and on the frontline resources of the Western Australia Police Force.

Police encounter a range of drug related problems including: 

  • Drug possession, trafficking, cultivation, manufacture
  • Property crime (research shows that drug users not only commit property crime to generate income but also commit crimes under the influence of a drug [intoxication²])
  • Violent crime, assault, family violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Fatal and non-fatal overdose
  • Drink and drug driving
  • Loss of public amenity – disturbances, public intoxication, anti-social behaviour, vandalism, property damage, loitering to buy drugs, discarding drug use equipment in public places
  • Dangers to police from clandestine labs, violence and needle stick injuries.
  • Banned Drink Order information

    Call the Alcohol and Drug Support Line

    The Alcohol and Drug Support Line is a confidential, non-judgemental telephone counselling, information
    and referral service for anyone seeking help for their own or another person's alcohol or drug use.

    Available 24 hours a day seven days a week by calling 9442 5000 (1800 198 024 for country callers).

    If you require immediate help, call the Alcohol and Drug Support Line on 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024
    toll-free for country callers or for emergencies call the 000 emergency line.

    Live chat with an alcohol/drug counsellor

    The live chat online service is operated by the Alcohol and Drug Support Line for the purpose of providing
    alcohol and drug counselling and support.

    The service is provided free of charge for residents of Western Australia and is operated between
    7am and 11pm.

    The live chat is available on the Mental Health Commission website.


    Drink spiking occurs when alcohol or another substance is added to your drink without your knowledge. Drink spiking is illegal and serious.

    Click here more information on Drink Spiking.

    Further advice