Alcohol purchase survey by adolescents in two cities of State of São Paulo,Southeastern Brazil
Marcos Romano ;Sérgio Duailibi;Ilana Pinsky;Ronaldo Laranjeira
Rev Saúde Pública 2007;41(4)
Alcohol use is a public health problem. Commercial availability is an important factor that encourages the use of alcohol by young people.
The aim of the study was to assess how often young people under 18 could buy alcohol in shops
Adolescents from 13 to 17 attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages at a random sample of shops in the cities of Paulinia (n=108)
and Diadema (n=426), Southeastern Brazil. The study was conducted from November to December 2003 in Paulínia, and July 2004 to August 2005 in
Diadema. They were told not to lie about their ages when asked and to say that the beverage was for themselves. Statistical tests performed were two-tailed
and the signifi cance level considered was p<0.05.RESULTS: Adolescents, under the minimum legal age, were successful in purchasing alcoholic beverages in the fi rst attempt in 85.2% of the surveyed outlets in Paulinia, and 82.4% in Diadema. The adolescents bought alcoholic beverages just as easy in all shops researched.