The aim was to identify the factors that influence adolescents to consume alcoholic beverages, their motivations and their knowledge about this practice.
Quantitative-qualitative convergent-care research, involving 21 adolescents from the city of Rio de Janeiro, between 12 and 18 years of age. A semistructured interview was held and a form with closed questions was applied.
The results showed that 18 of them consumed alcoholic beverages, that beer is the main drink consumed and that entertainment, the company of friends and the flight from reality are the main goals of the consumption. They knew the risks for themselves and other people, including the deterioration of social contact.
The easy access encourages the alcohol consumption and, despite knowing some of the risks, they consume these beverages, generally in groups.
Adolescent Behavior; Health Education; Alcohol Drinking; Nursing Care