French down to a glass a day as wine becomes weekend treat
BORDEAUX (AFP) - French wine consumption has fallen to a new low with the average adult now consuming the equivalent of barely a glass a day, the latest edition of a major consumption survey has found.
A study that will have viticulteurs weeping into their vats also revealed that fizzy drinks and fruit juices are gradually pushing wine off the nation's tables.
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 per cent in 2010, down from 21 per cent five years earlier.