30/9/2010 00:00:00

 Familial drinking in Italy: Harmful or protective factors? An article on the results of a study on the relationship between cultural models and patterns of consumption of alcoholic beverages, has been published in Addiction Research & Theory.The sudy was realized by Lee Strunin of Boston University, in collaboration with Pierluigi Ascani and Luca Parisi of Format Research and Enrico Tempesta and Simona Anav of the Permanent Observatory on Youth and Alcohol and analyzed 80 adolescents aged between 16 and 18 and 80 adults ages between 25 and 35, living in two Italian regions – Umbria and Abruzzo – very different in consumption quality and quantity. In fact, in Umbria there are high per-capita consumption but low percentages of alcohol abusers or addicted, while in Abruzzo there are lower quantities consumed but a much higher number of problem drinkers.

The issued considered ranged from the age of first consumption to the first drunkenness, from the pattern of consumption to the way these issues are dealt with in the family.
In Italy, like in other Southern European countries, alcoholic beverages as linked to socialization and family consumption: wine is always on the Italian tables, therefore young people don’t give it a value of transgression as it happens in more prohibitionist countries.
The study aims at proposing an explanation to the strong differences between Italy and the USA: why in a permissive society as Italy alcohol-related problems are much lower than in a prohibitionist society like the American one?


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