Engagement with different nightlife venues and frequent ecstasy use in a young adult population

Leslie, Ellen M., Smirnov, Andrew., Cherney, Adrian., Wells, Helene., Kemp, Robert., Legosz, Margot. and Najman, Jake M. (2015) Engagement with different nightlife venues and frequent ecstasy use in a young adult population. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 22 4: 380-384. doi:10.3109/09687637.2015.1006179

Author Leslie, Ellen M.
Smirnov, Andrew.
Cherney, Adrian.
Wells, Helene.
Kemp, Robert.
Legosz, Margot.
Najman, Jake M.
Title Engagement with different nightlife venues and frequent ecstasy use in a young adult population
Journal name Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1465-3370
Publication date 2015-02-18
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/09687637.2015.1006179
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 22
Issue 4
Start page 380
End page 384
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aims: Little is known about the possible influence of different social settings on changes in patterns of ecstasy use over time. This study explores the relationship between engagement with different types of nightlife venues and subsequent frequent ecstasy use in an Australian young adult population sample. Methods: Longitudinal data are from a population-derived sample of Australian young adult ecstasy users (n = 265). Attendance at four types of venues (nightclubs, electronic dance music events/music festivals, venues playing live music, and pubs/bars) was measured at 6 months. Frequency of recent ecstasy use (last 12 months) was measured at 12 and 30 months. A prediction model of frequent ecstasy use at 30 months was developed using Poisson regression reporting adjusted relative risk. Findings: Regular attendance at nightclubs (≥monthly, adjusted relative risk 6.21, confidence interval 2.30–16.76) was associated with frequent ecstasy use at 30 months, independently of ecstasy use expectancies, ecstasy availability, ecstasy and methamphetamine dependence, frequent use of methamphetamine and alcohol, and other dimensions of ecstasy involvement (i.e. length of ecstasy use career and lifetime ecstasy consumption). Conclusions: Compared with attendees of other venues, nightclub attendees may be a special priority group for ecstasy harm and demand reduction interventions.
Keyword Ecstasy (MDMA)
licensed venues
population patterns
young adults
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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