There is a different attitude to alcohol here. So far, alcohol has been served at every meal I had (except breakfasts of course). It's usually wine, but Italians love their beer ('birra') as well.
Our dinners with the Fidenza group are well lubricated, starting with an apertif of spirits, followed by wine with the meal and grappa with dessert.
This all seems pretty healthy to me, provided you don't go overboard. As someone recently remarked, the best way to thank God for beer and burgundy is not to drink too much of them. Just enough!