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Press release

Use and abuse of alcohol in Italy

In 2014 the percentage of population aged 11 and over who had consumed at least one alcoholic drink during the year was 63%. This rate has slightly decreased if compared to the previous year (63.9%).

From 2005 to 2014 the number of daily consumers decreased from 31% to 22.1%. The number of people consuming alcohol at least once outside mealtimes has been increasing (from 25.7% in 2005 to 26.9 in 2014) and also the number of occasional consumers (from 38.6% in 2005 to 41% in 2013).

In 2014, 50.5% of people aged 11 and over drink wine, 45.1% drink beer, and 39.9% drink 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 youths aged 11 to 17) concern 8,265 million person of the overall population (15.2% from 15.9% in 2013).

Groups of population most at risk of no moderate consumption are: the elderly (38% of males and 8.1% of females), the young adult population aged 18-24 (22% of males and 8.7% of females) and the adolescents aged 11-17 (21.5% of males and 17.3% of females).

The population most at risk of binge drinking is the young adult group (aged 18-24), with a 14.5% share (21% of males and 7.6% of females). This behaviour often occurs during socialisation moments .

Reference period: Year 2014

Date of Issue: 16 April 2015

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