With all stresses (cost of living, housing issues, employment sector changing with algorithms and A.I. just to name a few) increasing exponentially the pressures on this next generation, plus the older, retired one, dealing with issues of loneliness or being a caregiver for a parent or spouse, there is no shortage of scenarios to cross the line from social drinking to needing a drink.
How do we speak, as a community, about the elephant in the room without pointing fingers or assigning blame?
I was born in a country where it was very common practice to send your child to pick up the bottle of wine at the local store and add a little water to a small glass of red liquid to give them a taste as they grew older. In France, wine is not only a cultural icon, but it is an accepted part of most meals. Do they have issues with some people drinking too much or drinking and driving?
According to a 2013 article posted on the online French news website, The Local, the reputation of the French for drinking in moderation appears slightly misleading after a worrying report revealed that alcohol is responsible for around 49,000 deaths in France each year – around 134 each day.