Nearly 30% Italian adolescents report running away from home

2 out of 3 say they have drunk alcohol

Nearly 30% Italian adolescents report running away from home

Rome, January 16 - In 2012, almost 30% of Italian adolescents surveyed reported having run away from home at some point in their lives, say results of a study released on Wednesday by the children's rights organization Telefono Azzurro and the research company Eurispes. The number tripled compared to 2011, when 9.6% of teenagers surveyed reported having tried to set out on their own. In 26.7% of the 2012 cases, teenagers said they didn't get along with their parents. Another 9.1% said they felt too restricted, whereas 4.5% said they they felt misunderstood. In 23.9% of the runaway cases, absence from home lasted more than one day. In 47.3% of the cases, it ended within hours. The vast majority of runaways, or 67.2%, decided to return home on their own. Family members intervened in 18.6% of the cases, while police had a hand in 4.5%. Partners or friends played a major role for 2.8% and 3.2%, respectively. Alcohol is a well-established intoxicant among Italian adolescents, with 64% admitting to having tried it. For 10.6%, booze was a habit, and 2.5% reported drinking daily. The majority of adolescents, or 65.7%, said they downed their first alcoholic drink in middle-school, but 21.1% were younger than 11-years-old when they began. Sixty percent of teenagers 16-18 prefer cocktails and aperitifs, whereas 42.4% of a younger set take to beer.

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