“Drink Like the French, Die Like the French”

Drink Like the French and you’ll be fine – or so the story goes…

Likely you’ve heard or been told that one of the reasons Americans have so much difficulty with alcohol abuse and alcoholism is that they aren’t taught how to drink from an early age, like say, the French.

The argument is that the French grew up with wine – even having small amounts as young children – and thus learned how to drink. In so doing, the discussion goes, they know their limits, so for them, drinking alcohol is not the big deal it is for Americans who are supposed to legally hold off on drinking until age 21.

This article, “Drink Like the French, Die Like the French,” sheds new light on this perception.

For similar information, check out Alcohol Justice (formerly the Marin Institute)’s website.

Lisa Frederiksen

Lisa Frederiksen

Author | Speaker | Consultant | Founder at BreakingTheCycles.com
Lisa is the author of hundreds of articles and 11 books, including "If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!," "Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn't," and "Secondhand Drinking: the Phenomenon That Affects Millions." She is a national keynote speaker with over 25 years speaking experience, consultant, and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more than 14 years studying 21st century brain research in order to write, speak, and consult on substance use disorders prevention, intervention and treatment; mental disorders; addiction (aka substance use disorders) as a brain disease; adolescent addiction treatment vs adult addiction treatment; effective treatment for co-occurring disorders (having both a substance use and mental disorder); secondhand drinking | drugging; help for the family; and related subjects. In 2015, she founded SHD Prevention, providing training and consulting to companies, public agencies, unions, nonprofits and other entities to address the workplace impacts of employee secondhand drinking and alcohol misuse.

2 Responses to “Drink Like the French, Die Like the French”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I loved the ‘like the French’ article. That myth gives so many people the excuse to drink or to support the drinking their children do. Thank you.

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