Alcohol - ISS (EN)
Prevention and health promotion
Alcohol is a toxic substance and is one of the main risk factors for health. Its consumption - which causes damage to the individual, families and the social context - is responsible for more than 200 diseases, including numerous types of cancer.
It is not possible to identify recommended or "safe" amounts of alcohol consumption per individual, but it is more appropriate to talk about low-risk consumption.
The Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) contributes to alcohol prevention by promoting healthy lifestyles through communication and training activities aimed at operators and citizens and monitors consumption levels in different population groups through different surveillance systems.