Consumo di alcol

Use of alcohol in Italy

In 2016 the percentage of population aged 11 and over who had consumed at least one alcoholic drink during the year was 64.7%. This rate was stable if compared to the previous year (64.5%).

From 2006 to 2016 the number of daily consumers has been decreasing from 29.5% to 21.4%. The number of people consuming alcohol at least once outside mealtimes has been increasing (from 26.1% in 2006 to 29.2 in 2016) as well as the number of occasional consumers (from 38.8% in 2006 to 43.3% in 2016).

In 2016, 51.7% of people aged 11 and over drank wine, 47.8% drank beer, and 43.2% drank alcoholic aperitifs, digestive liqueurs, spirits or liqueurs.

Overall, risk behaviours in alcohol consumption (no moderate habitual consumption, binge drinking – i.e. to drink six or seven glasses of alcoholic beverages on a single occasion – and alcohol consumption by teenagers aged 11 to 17) concerned 8,643 million person of the overall population (15.9% of population and 25% of consumers).

Groups of population most at risk of no moderate consumption were: the elderly (36.2% of males and 8.3% of females), the young adult population aged 18-24 (22.8% of males and 12.2% of females) and the adolescents aged 11-17 (22.9% of males and 17.9% of females).

The young adult group was (aged 18-24) the population group most at risk of binge drinking with a 17.0% share (21.8% of males and 11.7% of females). This behaviour often occurs during socialisation occasions.

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Health statistics
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Press release
Reference period
Year 2016
Date of publication
12 April 2017
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