Drugs and Illegal Substances
Spring Break Amsterdam Festival has zero tolerance for drug use. We use venues that are operated by independent venue management
and under the laws of the Netherlands, do not permit the use of drugs and have zero tolerance for illegal drug use in their
clubs - much like a club in the UK.
Should you be found with illegal highs, you will have these confiscated and will be evicted and/or denied entry to our venues
via security and in some cases handed to local police.
We understand that even after our security and awareness measures are put in place and actioned - we have to acknowledge
that our guests may bring and experiment with drugs during the festival. Although we do not condone drug use to any level
please remember that substance abuse can be extremely dangerous and harmful - sometimes even life threatening, especially
when mixed with alcohol.
Substance abuse can have adverse affects due to the sheer size and close proximity of the festival which can be extremely
frightening and disorientating. Please ensure that if you begin to feel ill, depressed, frightened or general not yourself
- you alert a member of staff right away and try to drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated.
The health and safety of our guests is extremely important and we are here to help.
Please take into account that all of our venues are club venues and the sheer alcohol intake causes huge danger when mixed
with drugs, causing a sometimes fatal chemical reaction. Please see below for particular combinations and their issues
Alcohol and marijuana (cannabis)
If you use cannabis and alcohol together, the results – both physical and psychological
– can be unpredictable. Having alcohol in your blood can potentially cause your body to absorb the active ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol
(THC) faster. This can lead to the cannabis having a much stronger effect than it would normally have.
Physically, you can
experience dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Psychological effects include panic, anxiety or paranoia. Skunk, a term for stronger
types of cannabis, can pose even greater risks, because it may contain three times as much THC.
There’s a serious long-term
risk to your health too. Cannabis is usually smoked with tobacco, which can cause cancer. Tobacco and alcohol work together
to damage the cells of the body, multiplying the damage. Alcohol makes it easier for the mouth and throat to absorb the cancer-causing
chemicals in tobacco. Anyone seeking information on the risk of taking illicit drugs or new psychoactive substances should
refer to the FRANK website here: (www.talktofrank.com) or the new confidential helpline (0800 77 66 00).