Sorry for having deleted my post, but even if the political climate here is more relaxed than USA, and basically more than half of the population admits, if asked in private, to be fascist, we Gamers have to be careful. So I welcomed the consideration of Mr. Anglin ad I accepted his suggestion.I could easily and happily live entirely on rizi bizi.
Do you drink vino?
Btw, I do drink wine in special occasions. I even have my tiny own vineyard and I make a dozen of liters of wine per year.
Here you are supposed to drink a glass of wine during lunch or dinner, and even an alcoholic digestive after dinner, but drinking heavily as I saw in English, German and American tourists, is not considered socially acceptable. Basically, drinking and booze culture was not generally accepted until the late '90s, when the Irish style Pubs came to be, so people started to consider acceptable drinking a beer or wine outside the weekend meals, as an occasion of social gathering rather to a good pairing of tastes during meals. But, generally, drinking is still considered degenerate outside a glass or two (only during meals), even by people with no ideological, political or health consciousness.
Basically, I think that if we are still an almost functional country despite our disorganization and lackness of natural resources (Italy is a tiny strip of land, with no natural resources and subject to recurrent natural disasters like hearthquakes) is due to our extreme moderation in drinking and drug abuse (you can look at the statistic about alcohol, drugs and antidepressants consumption per capita by country on various sources). I don't know the reasons (maybe ancestral Catholicism, maybe DNA).
I am in my early 30's, so maybe the more Americanized generation of Zoomers and beyond is completely different (even in obesity rates: Italian adults are the slimmest in Europe, but the youngest generation is the fattest in the world, at the same levels of American Negroes and Latinos). Despite that, we are still quite degenerate in things like smoking tobacco or pot (even if I don't smoke) and hooker consumption (which I do a lot).