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Adolescents’ Alcohol Use in Botellon and Attitudes towards Alcohol Use and Prevention Policies

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Balearic Islands Health Research Institute, Carretera de Valldemossa, 79, 07120 Palma, Spain
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Department of Psychology, University of the Balearic Islands, Carretera de Valldemossa, km 7.5, 07122 Palma, Spain
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Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, Exchange Station, Tithebarn Street, Liverpool L2 2QP, UK
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European Institute of Studies on Prevention, Rambla, 15 2º-3ª, 07003 Palma, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(11), 3885; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17113885
Received: 27 April 2020 / Revised: 22 May 2020 / Accepted: 28 May 2020 / Published: 30 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Risk Factors for Adolescent Substance Use and Addictive Behaviors)
Alcohol is a common drug misused by young people worldwide. Previous studies have found that attitudes towards heavy consumption are stronger predictors than general norms concerning alcohol. This study aims to explore adolescents’ alcohol use and drunkenness, to understand adolescents’ attitudes towards alcohol use, drunkenness and prevention approaches, and to explore associations between attitudes and personal alcohol use and demographics. Methods: Cross-sectional face-to-face survey of 410 adolescents (61.2% women) who were socializing at night in the streets of Palma (Spain). Breath Alcohol Concentration (BrAC), self-reported measures of alcohol use and social variables were assessed. Results: 70.7% of respondents had a BrAC score higher than 0. The full sample reported having a mean of 3.9 drunk episodes in the last month, and a mean of 7.34 in Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT). A total of 30.7% were under the minimum age limit for alcohol drinking in Spain and males showed higher BrAC than females. Bivariate analyses identified some differences in attitudes across participant demographics and personal alcohol use. In conclusion, we found high levels of alcohol use and drunkenness amongst adolescents, and adolescents’ attitudes towards drunkenness and prevention approaches were associated with their alcohol consumption as well as with age. View Full-Text
Keywords: alcohol; adolescent; breath alcohol concentration; drunkenness; attitudes; intoxication; prevention policies alcohol; adolescent; breath alcohol concentration; drunkenness; attitudes; intoxication; prevention policies
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Gervilla, E.; Quigg, Z.; Duch, M.; Juan, M.; Guimarães, C. Adolescents’ Alcohol Use in Botellon and Attitudes towards Alcohol Use and Prevention Policies. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3885. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17113885

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Gervilla E, Quigg Z, Duch M, Juan M, Guimarães C. Adolescents’ Alcohol Use in Botellon and Attitudes towards Alcohol Use and Prevention Policies. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(11):3885. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17113885

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Gervilla, Elena, Zara Quigg, Mariàngels Duch, Montse Juan, and Clarisse Guimarães. 2020. "Adolescents’ Alcohol Use in Botellon and Attitudes towards Alcohol Use and Prevention Policies" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 11: 3885. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17113885

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