People in Europe drink more alcohol than in any other part of the world, downing the equivalent of 12.5 liters of pure alcohol a year or almost three glasses of wine a day, according to report by the World Health Organization and the European Commission. ...the heaviest drinkers were in central-eastern and eastern Europe - consuming 14.5 liters of pure alcohol per adult per year compared to 12.4 liters in central-western and western Europe, 11.2 liters in southern Europe and 10.4 liters in Nordic countries... http://health.yahoo.net/news/s/nm/europ … who-report
Since when has 3 glasses of wine a day been heavy drinking? Isn't that just lunch?
Don't forget that you don't even get to start drinking in many parts of the US until you are 21, and whenever I have been in the States you really don't seem to be big drinkers.
Every country in Europe is different, with a different drinking culture. In the UK there seems to be a lot of binge drinking going on, especially in town centre bars that do deals and sell drinks cheap. The Friday night after work drink in London is almost an institution and catching the last train home can be interesting to say the least. Most people I know have a story involving being asleep or too inebriated to get off at their stop, and more than a few have found themselves stuck in the bus station/train depot in the early hours of the morning.
I'm hoping they included babies to 90 year olds in the average or I am seriously considering joining AA. Same as you, I thought 3 glasses of wine was good for lunch. Next time your down my way be sure to drop in so we can do lunch.
In many areas of Europe wine is simply what you drink. For a long time before water purification, it was the only thing you could drink that wouldn't make you sick. Plus in many areas wine is cheaper than soda. So wine is what the plebeians drink and soda is what you drink if you're some elitist snob (well, maybe not really).
I would most certainly go along with the cultural thing! Germans and the English especially are heavy drinkers, its something you grow up with and binge drinking is a culture. Maybe its down to the weather.
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