Alcohol Abuse Among Adolescents: Regional Evidence from Spain

10 Pages Posted: 3 Jul 2004

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Rosa Duarte

University of Zaragoza

Jose Alberto Molina

University of Zaragoza - Department of Economic Analysis; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Duarte, Rosa and Molina Chueca, Jose Alberto, Alcohol Abuse Among Adolescents: Regional Evidence from Spain. International Journal of Consumer Studies, Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 18-27, January 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=547543

Rosa Duarte (Contact Author)

University of Zaragoza ( email )

Zaragoza, 50005
Spain

Jose Alberto Molina Chueca

University of Zaragoza - Department of Economic Analysis ( email )

50005 Zaragoza
Spain

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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