Alcohol Abuse Among Adolescents: Regional Evidence from Spain
University of Zaragoza
Jose Alberto Molina
University of Zaragoza - Department of Economic Analysis; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
International Journal of Consumer Studies, Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 18-27, January 2004
The aim of this paper is to offer regional evidence from Spain on alcohol abuse among adolescents. Specifically, we identify the determinants of the decision to abuse alcohol with respect to the five most important regions of Spain, as well as for the country as a whole. To this end, we estimate Probit specifications using data drawn from the Spanish Surveys on Drug Use in the School Population corresponding to 1994, 1996 and 1998. The results first reveal patterns that are qualitatively similar, but quantitatively different. Similarly, it would appear that economic policies aimed at reducing the access of adolescents to alcohol may have a positive effect on reducing abuse. Finally, the results suggest that encouragement be given to healthy habits among young people, as well as to the fight against education failure and the launching of information campaigns that accurately portray the current lifestyle of adolescents.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 3, 2004
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