According to a survey conducted by the Doxa research agency the amount of wine Italians drink has fallen significantly over the last 30 years.
As reported by ANSA (the Italian News Agency), survey chief Allaman Allamani said that while Italians in their late teens and 20’s are drinking more, they tend to get back to traditional Mediterranean habits as early as their 40’s.
Italians are now drinking about 3 glasses of wine a day, a drop of about 50% over the last 30 years. Beer consumption is increasing among younger Italians, but wine is still the favorite for about 93%of the drinking population. About 20% of Italians don’t drink at all.
Italians have been concerned about an increase in youth binging and the subsequent increase in drinking and driving. Surveys have shown that alcohol consumption has been increasing among teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17.
Some studies show that overall alcoholism in Italy is less of a problem than in other countries given the stigma associated with abuse. It is believed that a contributing factor to lower levels of alcoholism is that many Italians learn to drink responsibly at home when they are still in their teens.
A bigger problem among Italians is that approximately 25% of the population still smokes. On the plus side pasta consumption remains high with pasta being enjoyed daily by close to 75% of the population. My advice? Stop smoking, eat more pasta and enjoy a good glass of wine.