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Far fewer French drink wine every day: Study

In 1980, when the first such survey was held, around half of France's population drank wine daily, or almost daily.

PARIS (AFP) — The number of regular wine drinkers in France is dropping fast, with barely one in ten still pouring a glass every day, a study published Friday found.

The report, covering wine consumption trends between 2015 and 2022, said only 11% of respondents reported drinking wine "every day, or almost every day."

This was a full five percentage points lower than in the study's previous edition in 2015, the National Committee of Wine Professions said.

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In 1980, when the first such survey was held, around half of France's population drank wine daily, or almost daily. The study is normally carried out every five years but 2020's was pushed back to 2022 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The decline in wine drinking comes "in a context of an overall fall in alcohol consumption," the committee said in the study compiled by pollsters Ipsos.

"A big majority of people still consume wine, but only occasionally," it said.

The data pointed to a growing generational gap, with young people increasingly turning away from wine.

"Regular wine drinkers are disappearing because of generational change," the study said. "Most occasional wine drinkers are young."

Around 37% of French people do not drink wine or drink only on special occasions.

This compares with 19% of respondents who said they never drink any alcohol at all, up from 15% in 2015.

The poll was conducted by Ipsos in the summer of 2022 among 3,513 people. 

Agence France-Presse

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