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Mon Dieu! France’s Wine Consumption Hits Record Low

on 01/12/12 at 6:02 am


The French are drinking less wine than ever before, with the average adult consuming barely one glass of wine a day according to a new study.

The study by FranceAgriMer, a division of the French Ministry of Agriculture shows that the average French adult still consumes around 57 litres of wine each year. In comparison British adults each drink around 22 litres per year.

In 1965 a similar survey found that French annual wine consumption was around 160 litres per adult.

The number of French people who drink every day has also fallen from 21% in 2005 to 17%, but the number who drink wine occasionally – once or twice a week – has increased from 41% to 45%. The number of non-drinkers remains the same, at 38%.

The economic downturn is thought to be one of the factors behind the decrease, but so is an increase in the about of fizzy drinks and fruit juices that are now being drunk, especially at meal times.