Date PostedDecember 8, 2012

RSA NSW Online News: French Down to One Glass of Wine a Day

More support for the theory of drinking in moderation is the statistics that show that French wine is being consumed more sparingly, approximately one glass a day.

A survey conducted recently showed that the French are not consuming nearly as much French wine as they used to but are instead turning to fizzy drinks and fruit juices more often.

The sad state of economic affairs as well as health concerns have the French thinking twice about whether or not to reach for that second glass of wine. In country where most people consumed wine daily with their dinner, people have over the last 2 years begun to limit their intake of wine. Instead alcohol has become a more celebratory or weekend tipple.

Read more about the survey below, an excerpt taken from

Fewer than one in five French adults now drink wine almost every day as health concerns and a sluggish economy maintain a long-term pattern of sharply falling consumption, according to research carried out every five years for the ministry of agriculture.

The survey, published this week, found that the number of people who drank wine on a daily basis had fallen to 17 percent in 2010, down from 21 percent five years earlier.

In the same period, the number of occasional drinkers, those who enjoy a glass once or twice a week, rose from 41 to 45 percent. The number of tee-totallers was stable at 38 percent.

The findings reflect a long-term trend that has seen France’s average wine consumption fall from 160 litres per adult, per year in 1965 to 57 litres in 2010, roughly the equivalent of a drop from three glasses to one glass per person, per day.

Caroline Plot, the official who oversaw the research, said increasing awareness of the perceived health dangers associated with regular consumption of alcohol had combined with economic worries, leading to consumers reducing their purchases of wine.

“There has also been a real shift in consumption habits: fizzy drinks and fruit juices are taking the place of wine on the French table,” she added.

In 1980, wine would be served on average at one meal in two. By 2010 that had fallen to one in four.

A number of studies have proven the health benefits of popping a cork and enjoying a glass of wine a day, particularly red wine. Red wine provides much more resveratrol compared to white, which makes it healthier for you than white wine, beer and spirits.  Some of the benefits listed include reduces heart problems, lowering blood pressure, promoting longevity and reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In fact moderate drinkers are less at risk than non-drinkers.

Some university studies have also found that much of the brain’s decline experienced in later years can be avoided with moderate wine drinking.  Even cases of cataracts were less in moderate drinkers than non-wine drinkers.

Moderate amounts of alcohol can raise your good cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol) and thin your blood. So it seems that the French may be on the right track. Wine can be extremely beneficial to your health, as well as enjoyable in a celebratory setting or on the weekends but drinking excessively every day is definitely not good for your health and must be avoided, as the people in France seem to have learned.


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Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning, OH&S training, and web strategy firm based in Little Edward St. Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia. Urban E-Learning provides compliance related online , Distance and Face-to-Face training products in the construction, hospitality and heavy vehicle transport sectors, to name a few. Examples include the White Card Construction induction course and the RSA - Responsible Service of Alcohol course. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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