A BBC news article tells the story of the decline in French wine drinking habits. Lots of worrying observations for all wine lovers but perhaps of most concern is this comment by RVF editor, Denis Saverot:
"In the 1960s, we were drinking 160 litres each a year and weren't taking any pills. Today we consume 80 million packets of anti-depressants, and wine sales are collapsing. Wine is the subtlest, most civilised, most noble of anti-depressants. But look at our villages. The village bar has gone, replaced by a pharmacy."
See here for the full article.