Looks like the French are drinking less wine and some are concerned:
For many years people have been steadily abandoning what in our French sociology we referred to as the repas, or meal, by which I mean a convivial gathering around a table, and not the individualised, accelerated version we see today.
The traditional family meal is withering away. Instead we have a purely technical form of nourishment, whose aim is to make sure we fuel up as effectively and as quickly as possible.
When the French start showing increased rates of heart disease, I’m sure some will blame it on the decrease in dietary resveratrol. Me, I suspect it will have a lot to do with the decrease of social connection via the meal as “convivial gathering.”
HT Steve Parker for the link (via his blog).