ERIC Number: EJ694683
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-1
Reference Count: 21
Patterns, Trends, and Meanings of Drug Use by Dance-Drug Users in Edinburgh, Scotland
Riley, Sarah C. E.; Hayward, Emma
Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, v11 n3 p243-262 Jun 2004
A survey of drug use in the past year was completed by 124 clubbers (50% male, 50% female, age range 14-44, mean 24 years). Participants were self selecting and recruited in clubs and pre-club bars. Prevalence rates for alcohol, cannabis, and ecstasy were over 80%; 63% reported cocaine and 53% amphetamine use, 15%-43% used ketamine, psilocybin, LSD and nitrites. A pattern of polydrug and co-drug use was identified. Most participants (70%) bought their drugs through friendship/family networks. Main reasons given for drug use were relaxing, socializing and dancing. Risk behaviours identified were drug driving (19%), unprotected sex (39%); and 'taking too many drugs' (44%). At least 40% reported anxiety, nausea and paranoia. Three focus groups aided the interpretation of data, for example describing the strategic use of drugs and alcohol throughout a night and explaining how negative experiences may change, but not necessarily stop, drug use. The study provides further evidence that there is a characteristic pattern of dance-drug use, while identifying an increase in cocaine and alcohol use. Older participants' greater experience with cocaine and fewer negative drug-related experiences are discussed in relation to health promotion.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Drinking, Drug Use, Drug Abuse, Dance, At Risk Persons, Adolescents, Young Adults, Clubs, Psychological Patterns, Context Effect
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Edinburgh); United Kingdom (Scotland)