For over 20 years, Eclectica has carried out research on lifestyles and high-risk behaviors at the local and international level.

Depending on our research objectives, we employ a variety of methods, including in-depth interviews, in-person and online focus groups, participant observation, online and offline surveys, photovoice, analysis of forums and other web content, regulatory analysis, advertising and communication studies, and secondary data analysis.

Action research is a frequently used approach, as it enables our researchers to work side by side with the people who are directly involved in planning and developing social policies and measures.

One of our prime areas of interest is behavior that can lead to addiction, such as alcohol and drug consumption or gambling. In this area, Eclectica has a prominent role both in Italy and internationally, thanks in no small measure to our participation in such consolidated European networks as the Kettil Bruun Society, the EMDASS (European Master in Drugs and Alcohol Studies) program, and CEAG, the University of Helsinki Centre for Research on Addiction, Control and Governance.

Focus areas:

  • Alcohol: drinking styles and cultures, marketing, policies, prevention, treatment, alcohol-related problems
  • Drugs: consumption, market, prevention, control policies, online forums, the dark net, penal system
  • Gambling: gambling careers, regulations, economy
  • Eating disorders: young people’s representations
  • Hikikomori: prevalence and representations
  • Road safety: driver behavior, preventive measures
  • Health policies: prevention and health promotion, behaviors and lifestyles, participatory planning
  • Social health promotion campaigns and initiatives: approval ratings and effectiveness.

Our research project

#Oltre la soglia

The project, whose title means “Beyond the Threshold” is funded by the CRT Foundation and promoted by the Territorial School Office of Turin, by the Child Neuropsychiatry departments of the Regina Margherita Hospital and of the Local Health Unit of the City of Turin, by the School Network in Hospital and by the Metropolitan City of Turin.

The goal is to experiment collaborative practices between school, family and services to intercept early cases at risk of social withdrawal and to intervene in problematic situations.

Eclectica provides methodological supervision, is responsible for collecting teachers’ training needs (through an online questionnaire), conducts meetings for parents, and coordinates peer education interventions.


Study on gambling careers and on the impact of regulation

Promoted by ASL TO3 and by Piedmont Region, the study aims at analysing the impact of regional law 9/2016 from the gamblers’ perspective and by using a trajectory-based approach. Furthermore the study aims at providing insights to local health professionals in order to develop prevention and intervention strategies.



Exchanging Prevention Practices on Polydrug Use among Youth in Criminal Justice Systems

Progetto finanziato dall’Agenzia esecutiva per i consumatori, la salute e la sicurezza alimentare (CHAFEA) che si pone l’obiettivo di approfondire, indagare e promuovere lo scambio di buone pratiche sulla prevenzione del consumo di droghe illegali tra i giovani in contatto con il sistema penitenziario.

Coordinato dalla Middlesex University di Londra, Eclectica è leader del WP dedicato all’analisi delle carriere di consumi dei giovani:


PolEG- Political Economy of Gambling

The project is promoted by the University of Helsinki and funded by the Academy of Finland. It is intended to define an international model to investigate the distribution of the revenues of gambling industry in seven countries. Eclectica is responsible of the Italian data analysis and collection



Nightlife, youth consumption, interventions

Study on the consumption of legal and illegal substances among young people attending the main night economy districts of Torino. The objective is to analyse their needs and to draw suggestions on prevention and harm reduction.


Hikikomori, young people resistant to social relationships

The project, promoted by Cuneo Municipality, is designed at constructing a safety net around adolescents at risk of social withdrawal with the involvement of the whole educational community.

Eclectica has been part of the coordination group and has been in charge of citizens’ engagement, by carrying out a study on the psychoemotional wellbeing of adolescents in Cuneo.



Understanding the dynamics and consequences of young adult substance use pathways. A Longitudinal And Momentary Analysis in the 5 European nightclub scene

Mixed-methods ERANID project, co-ordinated by Utrecht Trimbos Institute, aimed at investigating substance use trajectories related to the European electronic dance scene.

Eclectica is involved in a web-based qualitative study aimed at analysing clubs’ social media (facebook and Resident Advisor) in fours countries, with a comparative approach.


Drinking, gender differences and social change. The gendered dynamics of Swedish drinking situations from a comparative perspective

The research aims to explore the changes in the culture of drinking in Sweden, Finland and Italy, with particular attention to gender specificities, through the analysis of alcoholic beverage advertisements published in women’s magazines from the 1960s to today. Center for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs, Stockholm University (SW)


BAONPS. Be aware Be Aware On Night Pleasure Safety

Project that experiments the drug-checking service also in Italy. Eclectica coordinates the comparative research on the meanings and patterns of use of new psychoactive substances (NSPs) in Italy, Slovenia and Portugal, which includes the administration of a questionnaire to partygoers and a web-research on social networks and the deep-web. Research report available at


Giovani, alcol e divieti

Opinions and attitudes of young Italians on alcohol laws

The research, funded by the Osservatorio Permanente sui Giovani e l’Alcol, aims to investigate the opinions and attitudes of young people (15-25 years) on the laws that currently regulate alcohol consumption and on the policies that assume the introduction of greater restrictions on the accessibility of alcoholic beverages.


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