These contain some examples of vulgar language.
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The French like eating, but they also love to drink, particularly alcoholic drinks. For centuries they have been producing wine, beer, spirits... and many poets, writers, and artists were famous for writing masterpieces under the influence of alcohol.
(* = familiar, ** = very familiar, *** = vulgar, v = Verlan (back-slang), Lit. = literally)
For instance Alfred de Musset, a 19th-century poet, wrote: Qu'importe le flacon, pourvu qu'on ait l'ivresse, nevermind the bottle, as long as you're intoxicated. All of this contributed to make alcohol a very popular social habit.
Things are now changing in France, a country where alcoholism was still a cause for concern not so long ago. So, when you travel through France and sample delicious wines and spirits, it's always worth remembering the slogan Boire ou conduire, il faut choisir, drink or drive, it's your choice. Santé!
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