Insight into the dynamics of substance use (research) in nightlife settings
The evolving nightlife economy in western countries is associated with relatively high rates of substance use. With rapidly changing drug markets, including the emergence of new psychoactive substances and high potency drugs, an understanding of young adult’s patterns and dynamics of use as well as (health-related) consequences is crucial for informing preventive policies and reduce harms.
This structured session draws from the experiences and findings of a study (‘ALAMA’), conducted in the framework of the European Research Area Network on Illicit Drugs (ERANID).This study investigates pathways of drug use and their consequences among young adults attending electronic dance events in five European countries (Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom), using different methodological approaches.
Aims: To highlight (innovative) methodological approaches and challenges associated with research into substance use in nightlife populations and to share experiences and preliminary data from European countries with different nightlife cultures.