Alcoholism is on the rise in Italy. But more specifically, statistics show that the increase is principally among women and girls and that the COVID-10 pandemic worsened the problem, according to the health ministry’s latest report relating to figures from 2020.
The recently published White Paper said the phenomenon of young female drinking was now “concerning”. Some 56.1% of females over the age of 11 said they had had a drink during the course of the previous year, for a total of over 15.7 million people. Some 6.4% of Italian women and girls said they regularly drank to excess, 22.4% outside meal times, and 3.9% binge drank, while 9.4% or 2.6 million females said they put their health at risk through their drinking.
The report said that the phenomenon of women, and men, drinking to oblivion at home might be termed ‘domestic trampism’. These “new poor” are absolutely normal people, the report said, mothers and fathers, youngsters who have left home, the elderly abandoned by their families, or young and isolated pregnant women. There are also extra-EU migrants, although their number is falling, said the report.