The French have stopped drinking wine

March 26th, 2013 4 Comments By Lucy Sweet

wine glass 240x300 The French have stopped drinking wineWhat is the world coming to? The French, who for years have complimented their politically awkward, laissez faire shrugging and shagging reputation with a nice glass of red, are apparently cutting back on the wine.

According to the International Journal of Entrepreneurship, who studied French drinking habits, only 17% of adults drink wine on a daily basis, down from over 50% in 1980. And 38% of crazy fools prefer not to drink wine at all, replacing the bottle of Beaujolais with water or Sprite.

The reports’ authors say it’s a cultural thing – young people have no historical connection with wine, and those in the middle aged bracket see wine drinking as an occasional indulgence, rather than an everyday activity.

They’re also blaming the steady erosion of the family evening meal (or repas, if you were concentrating in GCSE French).

Wine connoisseur Denis Saverot is not happy with the findings. ‘Wine is the subtlest, most civilised, most noble of anti-depressants,’ he shouted, possibly throwing an empty bottle over his shoulder. ‘But look at our villages. The village bar has gone, replaced by a pharmacy.’

Oh well. More for us, then.

Comments (4) Jump to most recent comment
  1. Posted by Cheesey March 26, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Next they’ll be cutting back on fromage and actually working more than they strike.

  2. Posted by Chewbacca March 26, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    So, the younger generation have “no historical connection”, yet the oldies do?

    That doesn’t actually make any sense.

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