Alcohol and other drugs
Be drink and drug aware – don’t overdo it.
The use of alcohol or other drugs always carries risks. Inform yourself about the risks and how you can limit them. Check Unity online or if they’re around have a chat with the Unity volunteers.
Living abroad and planning to party and drink alochol or use cannabis or other drugs in Amsterdam? Check out the new ‘Partying in Amsterdam’-tool!
Bringing drugs into a club or a bar is prohibited. You’ll be searched by security staff at the entrance. If you’re found to be carrying drugs, you could be handed over to police. Visitors from abroad should keep in mind that most venues other than coffeeshops do not allow soft drugs to be consumed on their premises. In other words, there’s a chance you are not allowed to bring cannabis. Make sure you check the house policy!
New alcohol law
A new alcohol law has been in place since 1 July 2021. Alcohol was already not allowed to be sold to visitors under the age of 18. But if you are under 18, you can now also be fined if you buy, carry or accept alcohol from someone else. In addition, someone over 18 who buys alcohol for someone under 18 is also punishable.
If you’re visiting Amsterdam, it’s a fun, free-spirited city. But, like in any other city, it’s important to be street smart. Ignore street dealers. See this page for more information
The strength of illegal drugs can vary enormously. Be aware that in the Netherlands, drugs can be a lot more potent than those you might be used to in your own country. In addition, there are currently many risky high-dose XTC pills in circulation. Make sure to keep this in mind. Get your drugs tested and adjust your dosage. This reduces your likelihood of having a bad time or needing medical help.
- Check Unity for drug checking service info, addresses & opening hours in English.
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