France’s attitude to alcohol is very different to the UK’s.
Children can drink wine diluted with water at mealtimes, as long as they have their parent’s permission. The French believe this teaches responsible attitudes to alcohol. At 16 years old French young people can buy low strength alcohol and at 18 years they can buy all forms of alcoholic drinks.
The French drink smaller amounts more often as they believe that this is more responsible drinking behaviour with fewer health risks. There are fewer incidents of alcohol related fights and violence than in Scotland. There are however, higher rates of liver disease and mouth cancer in France than in Scotland.
It takes approximately 600 grapes to make one bottle of wine.