International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online)

The Perceptions of High School Students from Inner of Brazil about the Consumption of Alcohol
Efigenia Aparecida Maciel de Freitas, Margarita Antonia Villar Luis, Guilherme Silva de Mendonça, Clesnan Mendes-Rodrigues

Objective: To describe the students’ perception about the comsuption of alcohol. Methodology: We used a qualitative approach through focal group with 24 high school students in public and private schools from inner Brazil. The speeches were recorded, transcripted and categorized by the software Alceste or by analyses of contents. Results: The Alceste analyses found four classes (Consumption of alcohol, Motivation, Forces of Influence and Control, Consumption consequences), and the analyses of contents found the fifth: Preventing and Controlling Perspectives. Conclusion: Accessibility factors, social and group acceptance were significants in inducing the use of alcoholic beverages. The courage felling is mainly associated to boys; as strong differences in use factors is related to sex. The adolescent as agent of change, the family and low compliance laws could be treated as the main prevention strategies for public services. The social media as the private versus public schools is strongly associated to prevention feelings.

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