Why people booze but don’t binge in France

A daily glass of French wine is one thing, but obviously moderation is the key to a healthy drinking habit

Wine columnist Jonathan Hesford asks if France’s drinking habits are in good health

In the UK, “Dry January” has been successful in helping people break a habit of over-consumption, and is reported to improve energy levels, skin condition and weight-loss by those who have taken par

President Macron has declared that there will be no “Dry January” in France.

Part of his reason for taking that stance is to protect the French wine industry.

There is a view in France that wine is different to other forms of alcohol and not to blame for the health and social problems associated with excessive drinking.

When we look at mortality rates and longevity across countries, people with a culture of drinking wine rather than beer or spirits, tend to live longer.

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