French Drinking Is on the Decline

Francophiles carry the romantic notion that everyday French living includes champagne-soaked lunches, Burgundy dinners and cognac nightcaps galore. The fact is, drinking is on the decline in France according to France 24. “Only 10 percent of people in France say they drink an alcoholic beverage on a daily basis, compared to 14 percent of the population two years ago,” reports a study by Entreprise & Prévention. Though France still drinks more than any other country worldwide (according to a study by INPES, a health education organization), the average household has begun to purchase less alcohol and fewer individuals frequent drinking establishments than their English and Spanish counterparts. The information has come to light during a series of campaigns targeted against binge drinking and drunk driving. [France 24] [Photo: Flickr/Moyan Brenn]