Note—Associate Professor Jolley passed away in 2013.
‘Weekend on the town’: Discrete sessions of drug use for a sample of young psychostimulant users
Article first published online: 30 JUN 2014
© 2014 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs
Drug and Alcohol Review
Special Issue: Alcohol and drug use patterns in the event, Guest Editors: Emmanuel Kuntsche, Paul Dietze and Rebecca Jenkinson
Volume 33, Issue 4, pages 428–435, July 2014
How to Cite
Jenkinson, R., Jolley, D. and Dietze, P. (2014), ‘Weekend on the town’: Discrete sessions of drug use for a sample of young psychostimulant users. Drug and Alcohol Review, 33: 428–435. doi: 10.1111/dar.12168
- Issue published online: 16 JUL 2014
- Article first published online: 30 JUN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 MAY 2014
- Manuscript Received: 11 FEB 2014
- National Health and Medical Research Council
- drug use event;
- risk behaviour;
- young adult
Introduction and Aims
Few epidemiological studies have examined the behaviours and experiences of young adults during discrete drug-use events. This study was designed to capture a rich, detailed description of discrete occasions or ‘sessions’ of psychostimulant use.
Design and Methods
Participants were 220 young psychostimulant users living in Melbourne, Australia, recruited through targeted advertising in entertainment street press, on websites, at events/dance parties and through peer referral between September 2007 and March 2008. The research identified the timing, sequence, frequencies, quantities and modes of alcohol and other drug administration during the participants' most recent session of psychostimulant use and explored the contexts and settings in which drug use took place.
Participants were well-educated young people who used a variety of different drugs. Their most recent session of psychostimulant use was reported as highly enjoyable and typical of their other sessions of psychostimulant use. The session lasted a median of 20 h, and in most cases, simultaneous drug use was the norm, and large quantities of alcohol, psychostimulants and other drugs were consumed. Acquisition of illicit drugs commonly occurred through social networks during the course of the session and significant sums of money were reportedly spent.
Discussion and Conclusions
Findings point to a range of priorities for future research and public health interventions aimed at young psychostimulant users, focused primarily on reducing the prevalence and consequences of simultaneous and heavy/binge drug use. [Jenkinson R, Jolley D, Dietze P. ‘Weekend on the town’: Discrete sessions of drug use for a sample of young psychostimulant users. Drug Alcohol Rev 2014; 33:428-435]