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DE BONI, Raquel; LEUKEFELD, Carl  and  PECHANSKY, Flavio. Young people's blood alcohol concentration and the alcohol consumption city law, Brazil. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2008, vol.42, n.6, pp. 1101-1104.  Epub Sep 26, 2008. ISSN 0034-8910.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102008005000054.

The paper assesses blood alcohol concentration and risk behaviors for traffic accidents before and after the implementation of a law which prohibits the use of alcoholic beverages on city gas stations. In Porto Alegre, Southern Brazil, young people go out at night and drive to gas station convenience stores to buy alcoholic beverages which are consumed on the premises of parking lots in gas stations. Data were obtained from self-administered questionnaires and breath analyzers in two cross-sectional collections with purposive samples of youngsters in May and July 2006 (n=62, and n=50, respectively). There were no significant differences between the groups before and after the city law was passed. Blood alcohol concentration greater than 0.06% was found in 35.5% of pre-law group and 40% of post-law group (p=0.62). Results point out heavy alcohol use in both groups, which did not change after the law was passed.

Keywords : Alcohol Drinking [legislation & jurisprudence]; Alcoholic Intoxication [prevention & control]; Accidents [Traffic]; Accidents [prevention & control]; Risk factors; Risk-Taking.

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