The healthy Nightlife toolbox

December 1, 2016

Alcohol use, illicit drug use and related problems are a widespread concern in recreational settings. It raises the need for effective preventive measures. The Healthy Nightlife Toolbox collects and presents the available evidence as well as good practices, and aims to bring prevention of alcohol and drug related problems in nightlife settings to a next level.

The core of the online Toolbox ( is formed by three databases (evaluated interventions, literature, and good to know). The accompanying info sheet called 'Responding to alcohol and drugs and related problems in nightlife settings'.

Evidence-based interventions addressing alcohol and drug in the night-time industry can have a positive impact on the reduction of harm caused by these substances, such as acute health problems, violence, unintentional injury and driving under the influence. While evidence is available on preventing alcohol intoxication and its related adverse consequences, the field of drug prevention and harm reduction in nightlife settings needs more foundation. Nevertheless it is clear that a balanced mix of prevention, harm reduction and law enforcement is needed. This requires a combination of legislative measures, enforcement, environmental strategies, stakeholder involvement and educational  interventions.

Funding and hosting
To improve the dissemination and implementation of available evidence-based interventions targeting alcohol and drugs and related problems in nightlife settings the European Commission funded a project to develop The Healthy Nightlife Toolbox website in 2008-2010. In 2016 the Toolbox was updated with financial support from the Dutch government, under its EU Presidency. The Trimbos Institute in the Netherlands coordinated the update, in cooperation with Liverpool John Moores University (UK) and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). From January 2017 onwards, the EMCDDA hosts and maintains the website.


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