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Familial drinking in Italy: harmful or protective factors?

02/08/2010

Research in the US and other countries indicates an association between children’s use of alcoholic beverages and their parents’ use of and attitudes towards alcohol.

Research in the US and other countries indicates an association between children’s use of alcoholic beverages and their parents’ use of and attitudes towards alcohol. Studies suggest that alcoholic beverages introduced in a family setting or by family may reduce alcohol-related risk behaviour among young people. Italy is a unique setting to study the use of alcoholic beverages among young people.
Although drinking patterns have changed in traditional wine drinking southern
European countries with a decrease in wine and an increase in beer and spirits, Italians consume the largest amount of wine per capita in Europe. The traditional perception of wine as food and the contextual importance of drinking may be responsible for the fact that Italians drink more moderately than other Europeans.
This qualitative study examined the association between cultural norms and drinking practices in young Italians. The participants were asked whether or not they were allowed alcoholic beverages with meals in a family setting when growing up. Study results suggest that the introduction of alcoholic beverages, typically wine, in a family setting may protect against harmful drinking including binge drinking and drunkenness.

Strunin L, Lindeman K, Tempesta E, Ascani P, Anav S, Parisi L, Familial drinking in Italy: Harmful or
protective factors? Addiction Research and Theory, June 2010; 18(3):344-358
 

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