Alcohol risk for 8.6 mn Italians, youth

16-17 yr olds most at risk, also 65-75 yr olds

(ANSA) - Rome, May 14 - Some 8.6 million Italians are at-risk consumers of alcohol, a new reports said Tuesday.
    Some 68,000 alcohol dependent people have been taken into treatment, said the report from the Higher Health Institute (ISS).
    Some 4,575 road accidents are caused by alcohol each year, the ISS said.
    The most at-risk individuals are young people between the ages of 16 and 17 and the so-called 'elderly-young', or people between 65 and 75, it said.
    Binge drinking, once taboo in Italy, has been steadily rising among Italian youths over the last two decades.


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