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Santé Publique France published the results today showing the true extent of the French’s drinking habits. The study was carried out between June and July in 2020, with the first study being interrupted by the lockdown in France during the pandemic.
As part of this study, 14,873 participants were asked about their alcohol consumption during this time.
In 2017, a threshold was identified for this consumption with the help of the National Cancer Institute.
The threshold states: “Do not consume more than 10 standard glasses per week and not more than two standard glasses per day, and have days in the week without consumption.”
With this threshold being used to determine people’s safe alcohol levels, the study found that 23.7 percent of the population aged between 18 and 75 were exceeding the maximum amount of alcohol they should consume.
The results were released by Santé Publique France in the hope that it would “improve the targeting of prevention actions, taking into account social inequalities in health”.
A stark warning was given by the group as they said that more than 40,000 deaths each year come from alcoholism, and cost a whopping 118 billion euros per year.
Eight percent of people who do not exceed the benchmarks and 17 percent of those who do exceed the benchmarks felt that there was no risk to their own health if they drank on a daily basis.
However, 84 percent of those who did not exceed the consumption guidelines and 80 percent of those who did exceed the guidelines readily acknowledged that “drinking alcoholic beverages can increase the risk of cancer.”
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But the figures from the study showed a clear difference between men and women’s consumption of alcohol.
The study revealed that men are more likely to abuse alcohol (33.2%) than women (14.7%), the same ratio as in 2017.
Employment also seemed to play a role in the number of French people who consumed more than they should have.
According to the study, 57.6 percent were in employment (59.2 percent for women) and 9.4 percent were unemployed (7.2 percent for women).
The study also notes that people who have higher incomes are also more frequently going higher than the alcohol consumption threshold.
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