Trimbos Launches Survey on European Nightlife and Substance Use

May 5, 2017

The Trimbos Institute, together with partners from four other European countries, is launching the Electronic Music Scene Survey (EMSS) today. The EMSS is part of the ALAMA-nightlife research project. This project studies behavior in the nightlife scene as well as use of alcohol and other substances.

European nightlife has been on the rise in recent years. Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is popular and drug use is relatively frequent at EDM clubs and festivals. However, a current understanding of nightlife in Europe is lacking. Why do young people go out and how frequently? Which substances are being used? How often? Where does this occur? What measures do they take against adverse consequences? What are the differences in contextual data between these countries and how do these manifest?

Two surveys
The EMSS consists of two surveys. The first EMSS survey is simultaneously launched today in the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Italy and the United Kingdom. At club and festival locations as well as online, 10,000 respondents excited about dance events will be recruited for the EMSS survey. Local and subcultural pattern differences in nightlife and substance use will be identified. As a follow-up, mid-April 2018 the second EMSS survey will be sent to each respondent participating in the first survey. This second survey will enable us to observe transitions in pathways of nightlife and substance use. This knowledge can contribute to policies and better prevention measures directed toward the target group.

ALAMA-nightlife is the acronym for the study “Understanding the dynamics and consequences of young adult substance use pathways, A Longitudinal And Momentary Analysis in the European Nightlife scene”. This cooperation between cutting edge European institutes (Karolinska Institutet[AL2] , University College London, HoGent, Vlaams Expertisecentrum Drugs, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Eclectica, Consiglio Italiano per le Scienze Sociali) was made possible through funding by  ZonMw / ERANID.

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