Wine drinking culture in france

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Wine Drinking Culture in France by Marion Demossier

Wine drinking culture in France has traditionally been a source of pride for the French and in an age of concerns about the dangers of binge-drinking, a major cause of jealousy for the British. Wine drinking and the culture associated with it are, for many, an essential part of what it means to be French, but they are also part of a national construction. Described by some as a national product, or as a totem drink, wine and its attendant cultures supposedly characterise Frenchness in much the same way as being born in France, fighting for liberty or speaking French. Yet this traditional picture is now being challenged by economic, social and political forces that have transformed consumption patterns and led to the fragmentation of wine drinking culture.
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Genre s : Modern Languages Literary Criticism. Series: French and Francophone Studies. Paperback - eBook - epub - eBook - mobi - eBook - pdf - This book provides a new interpretation of the relationship between consumption, drinking culture, memory and cultural identity in an age of rapid political and economic change. Using France as a case-study it explores the construction of a national drinking culture -the myths, symbols and practices surrounding it- and then through a multisited ethnography of wine consumption demonstrates how that culture is in the process of being transformed. Wine drinking and the culture associated with it are, for many, an essential part of what it means to be French, but they are also part of a national construction. Yet this traditional picture is now being challenged by economic, social and political forces that have transformed consumption patterns and led to the fragmentation of wine drinking culture.

A National Myth or a Modern Passion?

France on Monday launched a national campaign to encourage the wine-loving French to cut down on their drinking after a study showed that a quarter of them over-consume. France has one of the highest alcohol consumption rates in Europe, with the country trailing behind only Estonia, Lithuania and the Czech Republic in the quantities of alcohol it drinks, according to the World Health Organization. Alcohol is the second-biggest cause for preventable deaths in France after tobacco, killing some 41, people each year. Previously, the daily limit had been set at two glasses per day for women and three glasses per day for men. The fact that France is a wine manufacturer has certainly played a role when it comes to the French and their relationship to wine.

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  1. Wine drinking culture in France has traditionally been a source of pride for the French and in an age of concerns about the dangers of 'binge-drinking', a major.

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