Peer work is also conducted in nightlife venues


(bars, nightclubs, etc.) and in other recreational settings that young people frequent to enjoy their free time. Since the electronic and dance scene developed towards the end of the 1980s, the nightlife industry has changed rapidly.  Today, events can vary from small and informal to a mass event where more than 100,000 young people will gather.   Dance has become lifestyle.

Consuming substances is known to take place at these nightlife venues.  Consumption varies between populations, regions and events and may include a wide variety of legal and illegal substances and/or combinations of both.  The risks due to the use of illicit drugs and alcohol in nightlife settings can have an impact on other party-related risks such as violence, unsafe sex practices, hearing-related risks, drunk driving, etc.

“Typically, a number of different self-help, non-governmental or scene-based organisations provide interventions at parties.  Risk reduction materials are usually developed in styles that emulate youth cultures. Volunteers who provide peer education […] may occasionally be recreational drug users themselves or have used drugs in the past.” EMCDDA,2006