In 1980 more than half of adults were consuming wine on a near-daily basis. Today that figure has fallen to 17%.
The article quotes Denis Saverot, editor of La Revue des Vins de France magazine:
“Just look at the figures. 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.”