Alcohol consumption in Italy increased by 250% during the covid-19 pandemic.
The Istituto Superiore di Sanità (the Italian Institute of Health) is sounding the alarm: the domestic consumption of alcoholic beverages has climbed to 250% during the pandemic and containment.
“The isolation,” explains the ISS, “has led to an increase in uncontrolled alcohol consumption, digital appetizers on discussion forums and social networks, often in compensation for tensions resulting from isolation, economic problems, work, relationships and widespread fears among the population, certainly weakened by the pandemic ”.
In contrast, alcoholism and addiction services and Mental Health, due to forced closures, specifies the ISS, “have experienced an increasingly difficult management before, during and after confinements, for the scarcity of available resources, for the amount of unanswered requests due to anti- Covid-19 and for the lack of preparation linked to digital solutions, introduced late ”.
The ISS also explained that “the supply of alcoholic beverages has not seen any hiatus during the lockdown period.” On the contrary, “the market has been strengthened by new alternatives and circuits even less controlled as regards the prohibition of sale to minors”, a factor contributing to change “the habits of Italians”. So much that shopping on online channels e-commerce, “are estimated to have experienced in 2020 a sharp increase between 181 and 250% in home delivery, with an increase in domestic consumption recorded”.
This is what the Istituto Superiore di Sanità reported in an analysis of new data on alcohol consumption during the covid pandemic.