The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is in full swing. But how do you do it again when you go out? Many young people struggle with that question after two years with corona, says CJP. Therefore, this week the youth organization organized the conversation ‘Go out etiquette’.By Govrien Oldenburg
“When I was sixteen, I went to parties for young people. When I finally understood how it worked there, the corona came,” says Megan. And now she is suddenly nineteen and allowed to go to clubs. “I really feel like I still have to find my way there.” Because where is it fun to go out? Do you drink beforehand, or do you just start at the club? And how do you handle flirting? These are just some things Megan ran into.
During Nightlife Etiquette, young people could ask their questions to nightlife experts, such as a security guard, a DJ and someone from the addiction clinic Jellinek. Organizer Marjolijn Verkerk (31): “When I was sixteen, I slowly rolled into the nightlife. But young people who were eighteen just before or during corona were immediately thrown into the deep end.”
According to her, a lot has changed in the nightlife. “Because of corona, a whole generation of young people couldn’t start going out,” explains Judith Noijen van Jellinek. “And when everything opened up again, they all came in at the same time. Suddenly there was a larger group with no experience.”
More go-out vegetables
So there are more vegetables that go out. “And they haven’t yet learned how to do it,” says Verkerk. In addition, their ‘crash urge’ was great, she says. “It led to unpleasant situations, such as young people who do not know what drugs they are taking, or who immediately take a pill and a half or use all together.” As a result, they began to behave more antisocially, according to Verkerk. Although there are no national figures on this.
“My friends have been called whores when they say no to a boy,” says Megan. She thinks that the atmosphere around flirting is quite complicated. “When you’re young, you might be able to kiss. But now someone might want something completely different. Does someone just like to dance with you or do they want something else? I really feel like a kid in that.”
Verkerk emphasizes that she has nothing against drugs. “But it’s good to know what you can handle so you don’t get annoying. Don’t just take something and not take too much.”
It is also important to respect others, she says. “Don’t touch anyone uninvited, don’t make sexual comments or interfere with how someone looks. Make sure everyone feels safe and be nice.”
Judith Noijen has some tips about alcohol and drugs. “Be prepared if you want to use drugs. Know what the effects are and get your drugs tested at one of Jellinek’s testing services.” That way, you know exactly what’s in it. “Sometimes you hear the result right away, and sometimes it can take a week,” says Noijen. Still, it always makes sense to come, she says. “Our experts can always give tips and there is a chance that you will get the results immediately. During ADE, the testing services are open for an extra long time.”
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Be honest when things go wrong
And what if it doesn’t go well? “Go to the staff or the emergency room immediately if you or someone else is unwell. And tell us honestly what you have used. Using drugs is not a crime in the Netherlands, and that is the only way you can get the right help.” Her final tip: “Go wild, but take care of each other. Because that’s what going out is all about.”
- Keep an eye on your own and other people’s boundaries.
- Be courteous to each other and the staff.
- Make a plan ahead of time on how to get home safely.
- Do you want to use alcohol or drugs? Read about it, for example here or here.
- You can read more about Jellinek’s testing services at drugs-test.nl.
- Ecstasy makes you thirsty. Do not drink more than one glass of water or soda per hour to avoid water intoxication.
- Eat enough in between to keep your energy and salt levels up.
- Know when it’s time to go to bed.
- Take care of yourself in the following days by eating and drinking healthily and getting enough sleep
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