Why and in what context adolescents obtain alcohol from adults: A pilot study

Rhonda Jones-Webb, Traci Toomey, Kim Miner, Alexander C. Wagenaar, Mark Wolfson, Renee Poon

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Four focus groups involving 26 male and female high school seniors were conducted to provide insight into the context and settings in which alcohol is provided to youth, and why some youth choose certain sources of alcohol over others. Adults over the age of 21 years were the most common source of alcohol used by participants. Participants believed that it was less risky to ask an older adult to purchase alcohol than to attempt to buy it themselves. Few restrictions were placed on youth when alcohol was provided by an older adult. Youth may seek certain alcohol sources when they perceive that alcohol is available and risks of obtaining it are low.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-228
Number of pages10
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997

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Funding Information:
Preparation of this paper was funded in part by Grant 1 R01 AA8596 (A. C. Wagenaar, Principal Investigator) from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and start-up funds from the Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. The authors wish to thank the two CMCA community organizers who assisted us in planning and implementing the focus groups; their assistance was invaluable.


  • Access
  • Adolescents
  • Alcohol


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