France in focus – How lobbies weigh on alcoholism prevention efforts in France

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In France, it’s estimated that more than 30 percent of people drink excessively. That means more than two glasses of wine per day and more than five days a week. These figures have gone up during the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet the government’s approach to alcohol has been not as forceful as with other types of addiction such as smoking. Indeed, some specialists say that’s down to the power of lobbies within the industry. We take a closer look in this edition of France in Focus.

Giving up alcohol is a relatively new trend in France and one that has raised eyebrows in a society that prides itself on its champagnes, beers and spirits. In fact, teetotallers often get a hard time when explaining that they don’t drink at all.

We speak to Dr Fatma Bouvet de la Maisonneuve, a psychiatrist and specialist in addiction. She also founded an association to help women, specifically, deal with alcohol dependence. 

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