Use and attitudes of adolescents about addictive substances: A prevalence survey

M. Campins Martí, J. Gasch Blasi, P. Hereu Boher, J. Rosselló Urgell, J. Vaqué Rafart

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to know the use of addictive substances by adolescents of the city of Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain). Patients and methods: Data were obtained from anonymous and self-administered questionnaire about tobacco use, alcohol use and non-institutionalized drug abuse. Participants were students in 3° BUP (16-17 years old) of twelve institutes that are representative of the different districts of the city. The survey was made during the 1991-1992 school year. Results: Among the 426 individuals included, 32.2% reported use of tobacco, 59.2% alcohol, and 16.4% marijuana. Tobacco use was higher among females (p = 0.05), and that of alcohol (p < 0.0001) and other drugs (p = 0.02) higher among males. The parents' smoking behavior was significantly associated with the use of non-institutionalized drugs (p = 0.01). There was a positive and significant association among the use of all three kinds of addictive substances (p < 0.0001). Conclusions: The prevalence of tobacco, alcohol and non-institutionalized drug use by students in this age range is high. Compared with previous studies in this population we can appreciate a decreasing trend of use.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-478
JournalAnales Espanoles de Pediatria
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1996


  • adolescents
  • alcohol
  • non-institutionalized drugs
  • prevalence
  • tobacco
  • use


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