I have been looking at the various statistics for this.
Quite surprised that the UK in general drinks less than France, but maybe it is because beer is of less strength than wine?? Just a thought.
I do know that the french ladies in my entourage all too often seem to drink surreptitiously and will often refuse a drink in company, taking water instead.
And yet, I could quite often smell drink on their breath, probably because I drink so rarely that I can always smell it. And the most surprising was the teachers, but there you go