Objectives: Adolescent alcohol drinking is a social and public health problem in Spain. The objective of this study is to know teachers' perspective regarding adolescent alcohol drinking and existing legal regulation. Material and methods: Study was made in six Spanish regions, using intentional sampling, with 25 high school teachers. Qualitative and quantitative methods are used: triangular interview and self administrated questionnaire. Results: Teachers identify social normalization and permissiveness towards adolescent alcohol drinking, in the familiar and administrative contexts. Alcohol consumption depends on leadership necessity, equal group influence, leisure time and social relations pattern. Lack of coordination between familiar and educational context is the main problem in fighting against alcohol. In educational centres, intervention must be a transversal subject, promoting collaboration between social actors, raising conscience and responsibility on adolescents. Teachers' acceptance of legal measures is indirectly proportional to their impact. Conclusions: Educative centres are suitable intervention spaces. And this requires teachers' training and availability, and also coordination with the rest of the social actors. © 2010 Elsevier España, S.L. and SET. All rights reserved.
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