Changing drinking habits
Over lunch my husband asked me what European country I thought had the largest group of frequent drinkers.
I said, "Sweden" without missing a beat, because I would definitely be an alcoholic if I lived in Sweden. Cold. Dark. What's not to like?
But he surprised me. He learned from a story he read in yesterday's Wall Street Journal that it's the Netherlands, not Sweden. And he came up with some more interesting factoids, if the survey quoted is to be believed. ...
In Italy, for instance, 53 percent of the people surveyed said they were teetotalers.
I was also surprised to hear that France and the Netherlands are considering raising the legal drinking age from 16 to 18.
In France and Italy, wine is still more popular than beer; but that could be changing -- as it has in Spain and Portugal.
Finally, the survey suggests, in countries where a glass or two of wine has traditionally been taken with a meal, a new culture of binge drinking is developing.
Here's the link to the story.
(Photo courtesy of wsj.net)