A selection of MDMA pills, which are often nicknamed "Ecstasy" or "E".
A variety of methaqualone pills and capsules.
Club drug users take the drugs because the substances' effects enhance the experience of rave and electronic dance music clubs' pulsating lights, brightly colored projected images and massive sound systems with heavy basslines.
A blue form of crystal meth.
A variety of Quaalude pills and capsules.
A selection of small bottles of poppers, a volatile drug inhaled at dance clubs for the "rush" it can provide.
Ketamine from the street drug trade, in the form of crystals.
A tablet sold as MDMA. It contained no MDMA; instead, it contained benzylpiperazine (BZP), methamphetamine, and caffeine.
Baggies of cocaine adulterated with fruit-flavoured powder and colouring.
A music fan who has had a drug overdose at the Woodstock Music Festival is placed onto a wheeled cot by paramedics.

Club drugs range from entactogens such as MDMA ("ecstasy"), 2C-B ("nexus") and inhalants (e.g., nitrous oxide and poppers) to stimulants (e.g., amphetamine and cocaine), depressants/sedatives (Quaaludes, GHB, Rohypnol) and psychedelic and hallucinogenic drugs (LSD, magic mushrooms and DMT).

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Methaqualone became increasingly popular as a recreational drug and club drug in the late 1960s and 1970s, known variously as "ludes" or "disco biscuits" due to its widespread use during the popularity of disco in the 1970s, or "sopers" (also "soaps") in the United States and Canada, and "mandrakes" and "mandies" in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

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The ceiling of an Arlington, Texas, discothèque

Disco

Genre of dance music and a subculture that emerged in the 1970s from the United States' urban nightlife scene.

Genre of dance music and a subculture that emerged in the 1970s from the United States' urban nightlife scene.

The ceiling of an Arlington, Texas, discothèque
Disco bass pattern.
Rock & disco drum patterns: disco features greater subdivision of the beat, which is four-to-the-floor
Blue disco quad roller skates.
Major disco clubs had lighted dance floors, with the lights flashing to complement the beat.
The reflective light disco ball was a fixture on the ceilings of many discothèques.
Disco dancers typically wore loose slacks for men and flowing dresses for women, which enabled ease of movement on the dance floor.
Dancers at an East German discothèque in 1977
Gloria Gaynor in 1976
Diana Ross in 1976
ABBA in 1974.
Italian composer Giorgio Moroder is known as the "Father of Disco".
Donna Summer in 1977
Dalida in 1967.
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The a cappella jazz group the Manhattan Transfer had a disco hit with the 1979 "Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone" theme.
A man wearing a "disco sucks" T-shirt.
Classic DJ Station. A DJ mixer is placed between two Technics SL-1200 MK 2 turntables.
Disco dance performance at the 30th anniversary of Kontula in Helsinki, Finland, in 1994
Like disco, house music was based around DJs creating mixes for dancers in clubs. Pictured is DJ Miguel Migs, mixing using CDJ players.
Strobing lights flash at a rave dance event in Vienna, 2005
Students from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Mexico City dancing to disco during a cultural event on campus
British singer Dua Lipa has been credited by music critics with leading the revival of disco following the widespread international success of her single "Don't Start Now" and her album Future Nostalgia.

There was also a thriving drug subculture in the disco scene, particularly for drugs that would enhance the experience of dancing to the loud music and the flashing lights, such as cocaine and quaaludes, the latter being so common in disco subculture that they were nicknamed "disco biscuits".

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Recreational drug use

Use of a psychoactive drug to induce an altered state of consciousness either for pleasure or for some other casual purpose or pastime by modifying the perceptions, feelings, and emotions of the user.

Use of a psychoactive drug to induce an altered state of consciousness either for pleasure or for some other casual purpose or pastime by modifying the perceptions, feelings, and emotions of the user.

Adriaen Brouwer, TheSmokers (1636)
Edgar Degas, L'Absinthe (1876)
Bhang eaters from India c. 1790. Bhang is an edible preparation of cannabis native to the Indian subcontinent. It has been used in food and drink as early as 1000 BCE by Hindus in ancient India.
A man smoking cannabis in Kolkata, India
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This 1914 photo shows intoxicated men at a sobering-up room
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Total recorded alcohol per capita consumption (15+), in liters of pure alcohol
Caffeinated alcoholic beverages, such as Vodka Red Bull, are widespread and legal routes of administration for multiple drugs.
Insufflation of powdered drug
Injection of heroin
Cocaine is a commonly used stimulant
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What controlled substances are considered generally unlawful to possess varies by country, but usually includes methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, MDMA, Lean, and club drugs.

Quaaludes: A popular club drug in the 1970s. No longer prescribed or manufactured in many countries but remains popular in South Africa.