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(The Morning Call)   Well, if we can't be number 1 in literacy, life expectancy, or infant care, we may as well just surpass France in wine consumption   (mcall.com) divider line 34
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2014-05-13 12:09:49 PM  
Yeah...but what are they considering "wine"?  There's a huge difference between Barons de Rothschild Lafite bordeaux and Strawberry Hill.
 
2014-05-13 12:42:57 PM  
U.S. drinkers are likely still way behind in terms of consumption per head. According to per capita figures that date from 2011, the average French person still gets through almost 1.2 bottles a week, about six times more than the average American

At least I have a goal now.
 
2014-05-13 01:43:06 PM  
When you factor out the hosts of Good Morning America and the View we come in 17th
 
2014-05-13 01:45:37 PM  
My last paycheck bounced. My children need wine.

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2014-05-13 01:47:59 PM  
the average French person still gets through almost 1.2 bottles a week, about six times more than the average American

Some of you people aren't pulling your weight.
 
2014-05-13 01:54:44 PM  
I don't understand alcohol consumption, unless your life is a total piece of crap, why would you ruin your health, waistline, wallet, and dignity on something that has no benefit whatsoever. Don't whargarrrbl about heart decease cause baby aspirin is like 100000x more effective but we don't hear that from the idiots, nor doctors recommending you drink more.
 
2014-05-13 01:54:58 PM  

Cheron: When you factor out the hosts of Good Morning America and the View we come in 17th


We drop even further if you don't count single women with multiple cats.
 
2014-05-13 01:58:05 PM  

pippi longstocking: I don't understand alcohol consumption, unless your life is a total piece of crap, why would you ruin your health, waistline, wallet, and dignity on something that has no benefit whatsoever. Don't whargarrrbl about heart decease cause baby aspirin is like 100000x more effective but we don't hear that from the idiots, nor doctors recommending you drink more.


I'm pregnant
 
2014-05-13 02:05:52 PM  

pippi longstocking: I don't understand alcohol consumption, unless your life is a total piece of crap, why would you ruin your health, waistline, wallet, and dignity on something that has no benefit whatsoever. Don't whargarrrbl about heart decease cause baby aspirin is like 100000x more effective but we don't hear that from the idiots, nor doctors recommending you drink more.


You make an incorrect assumption.  There are benefits to drinking - with tradeoffs.  Pleasure, thrill, fighting social anxiety, lowering stress, etc.  They have secondary effects if you use it carefully in a work situation - having a drink with your boss/coworkers creating a bonding environment that carries to other situations and can help to raise your social and professional status and perception.

Again, there are tradeoffs.  But to say there are "no" benefits is disingenuous.  Even casual observation of social/light drinkers will lead you quickly to the conclusion that there are benefits.  You lose that if you drink too often or heavily, of course.

And I say this as someone who has a drink or two every few months.  I'm not much of a drinker at all, and generally don't enjoy the feeling or the taste.
 
2014-05-13 02:07:01 PM  
Part of the reason for high infant mortality rates in the US is an unwillingness by many to abort a baby that will have nothing but a short life and a guaranteed bad outcome... just saying a lot of those kids wouldn't even register elsewhere.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2014-05-13 02:07:14 PM  

keypusher: pippi longstocking: I don't understand alcohol consumption, unless your life is a total piece of crap, why would you ruin your health, waistline, wallet, and dignity on something that has no benefit whatsoever. Don't whargarrrbl about heart decease cause baby aspirin is like 100000x more effective but we don't hear that from the idiots, nor doctors recommending you drink more.

I'm pregnant


how did that happen?
 
2014-05-13 02:07:25 PM  

Rapmaster2000: the average French person still gets through almost 1.2 bottles a week, about six times more than the average American

Some of you people aren't pulling your weight.


Wow - a whole liter a week. That's like what? 1 glass a day?
You couldn't get most farkers out of bed for less than a whole bottle!
 
2014-05-13 02:11:11 PM  

UberDave: Yeah...but what are they considering "wine"?  There's a huge difference between Barons de Rothschild Lafite bordeaux and Strawberry Hill.


In the US we drink a very lovely vintage: Vin en boite.
 
2014-05-13 02:11:18 PM  
I guess were done talking about Israell for the day.
 
2014-05-13 02:13:36 PM  

Khellendros: pippi longstocking: I don't understand alcohol consumption, unless your life is a total piece of crap, why would you ruin your health, waistline, wallet, and dignity on something that has no benefit whatsoever. Don't whargarrrbl about heart decease cause baby aspirin is like 100000x more effective but we don't hear that from the idiots, nor doctors recommending you drink more.

You make an incorrect assumption.  There are benefits to drinking - with tradeoffs.  Pleasure, thrill, fighting social anxiety, lowering stress, etc.  They have secondary effects if you use it carefully in a work situation - having a drink with your boss/coworkers creating a bonding environment that carries to other situations and can help to raise your social and professional status and perception.

Again, there are tradeoffs.  But to say there are "no" benefits is disingenuous.  Even casual observation of social/light drinkers will lead you quickly to the conclusion that there are benefits.  You lose that if you drink too often or heavily, of course.

And I say this as someone who has a drink or two every few months.  I'm not much of a drinker at all, and generally don't enjoy the feeling or the taste.


Well obviously I was talkginb about health benefits, and doing something just because everybody else is doing and concerned about what they think of you is always the sign of a true maverick.
 
2014-05-13 02:15:36 PM  
i don't always drink wine
but when i do
i prefer to drink the whole bottle in one sitting

so, if i did that just once a week, i'd be very close to the average french person. of course, i haven't even had wine in 6 months, and prior to that it was several years.

really, i only drank wine when i was in germany, after discovering i like semi-sweet german white wines
 
2014-05-13 02:16:12 PM  

d23: keypusher: pippi longstocking: I don't understand alcohol consumption, unless your life is a total piece of crap, why would you ruin your health, waistline, wallet, and dignity on something that has no benefit whatsoever. Don't whargarrrbl about heart decease cause baby aspirin is like 100000x more effective but we don't hear that from the idiots, nor doctors recommending you drink more.

I'm pregnant

how did that happen?


Sometimes when a mommy and a daddy love each other very much the give each other a special hug and have a new baby.

/and sometimes the condom breaks while using a swing, restrains devices and several battery operated devices
 
2014-05-13 02:16:47 PM  

pippi longstocking: I don't understand alcohol consumption, unless your life is a total piece of crap, why would you ruin your health, waistline, wallet, and dignity on something that has no benefit whatsoever. Don't whargarrrbl about heart decease cause baby aspirin is like 100000x more effective but we don't hear that from the idiots, nor doctors recommending you drink more.


Well maybe my life is a piece of crap! I had to come to terms with the truth that i like alcohol a lot. I'm sure probably too much. I like the taste. I like the buzz. I occasionally like getting so plastered I can't sign my credit card receipt or remember why I was hugging the cab driver.

To each their own I guess.

And yes, I love win, and will drink it over beer when I can. But not bad wine. I'd rather avoid bad wine or bad beer than drink them for the sake of drinking. So...I have no point.
 
2014-05-13 02:16:59 PM  
btw, the last wine i did have was ksara, a lebanese red wine...very good stuff!
 
2014-05-13 02:21:27 PM  

EdNortonsTwin: I guess were done talking about Israell for the day.


When I submitted my last post in that thread it said it was an old link submitted as new. So I guess it was disqualified or something.
 
2014-05-13 02:22:11 PM  

pippi longstocking: I don't understand alcohol consumption, unless your life is a total piece of crap, why would you ruin your health, waistline, wallet, and dignity on something that has no benefit whatsoever. Don't whargarrrbl about heart decease cause baby aspirin is like 100000x more effective but we don't hear that from the idiots, nor doctors recommending you drink more.


Because I can? You work out and eat well beforehand so the waistline isn't an issue. I'm rich so I can afford it. I've been drinking forever, and my health is just fine.

The bigger question is, why WOULDN'T I drink alcohol?
 
2014-05-13 02:23:11 PM  

d23: keypusher: pippi longstocking: I don't understand alcohol consumption, unless your life is a total piece of crap, why would you ruin your health, waistline, wallet, and dignity on something that has no benefit whatsoever. Don't whargarrrbl about heart decease cause baby aspirin is like 100000x more effective but we don't hear that from the idiots, nor doctors recommending you drink more.

I'm pregnant

how did that happen?


I learned the hard way. If you give a troll an exceptionally bad rating, the filter spits out this little gem.
 
2014-05-13 02:25:20 PM  
What the heck is a hectoliter? Is it related to a hectare? What's wrong with kiloliter or megaliter normal prefixes?
 
2014-05-13 02:27:08 PM  
Two words. Spatlese Riesling.
 
2014-05-13 02:27:17 PM  

pippi longstocking: Well obviously I was talkginb about health benefits, and doing something just because everybody else is doing and concerned about what they think of you is always the sign of a true maverick.


Even light drinkers see health benefits from it.  Again - lowered stress levels, bonding, pleasure.  These are good things, and you can gain them without harming your health with excessive intake.

In addition, being concerned with what people think of you is called having a career.  Having a drink with colleagues after leaving the office (not getting plowed) is EXTREMELY advantageous.  A lot of business is conducted outside of the office, and getting the higher-ups to know who you are and what you're doing often requires you to work with them socially outside of the office.  Which means having a drink at a semi-sponsored work event or happy hours.  It's not about being a "maverick", it's about maneuvering company culture and advancing your career.
 
2014-05-13 02:35:58 PM  
I down a few bottles a week.  Have to drink something while watching TV.
 
2014-05-13 02:40:30 PM  
I'll drink to that
You'll drink to anything.
True.
 
2014-05-13 02:52:02 PM  

Khellendros: pippi longstocking: Well obviously I was talkginb about health benefits, and doing something just because everybody else is doing and concerned about what they think of you is always the sign of a true maverick.

Even light drinkers see health benefits from it.  Again - lowered stress levels, bonding, pleasure.  These are good things, and you can gain them without harming your health with excessive intake.

In addition, being concerned with what people think of you is called having a career.  Having a drink with colleagues after leaving the office (not getting plowed) is EXTREMELY advantageous.  A lot of business is conducted outside of the office, and getting the higher-ups to know who you are and what you're doing often requires you to work with them socially outside of the office.  Which means having a drink at a semi-sponsored work event or happy hours.  It's not about being a "maverick", it's about maneuvering company culture and advancing your career.


It even has the magical ability to make ugly women beautiful.
 
2014-05-13 02:57:38 PM  

telejester: It even has the magical ability to make ugly women beautiful.


That would be part of that "excessive intake" exemption I added.
 
2014-05-13 02:58:47 PM  

d23: keypusher: pippi longstocking: I don't understand alcohol consumption, unless your life is a total piece of crap, why would you ruin your health, waistline, wallet, and dignity on something that has no benefit whatsoever. Don't whargarrrbl about heart decease cause baby aspirin is like 100000x more effective but we don't hear that from the idiots, nor doctors recommending you drink more.

I'm pregnant

how did that happen?


img.fark.net
 
2014-05-13 04:30:34 PM  

TheIndependent: Part of the reason for high infant mortality rates in the US is an unwillingness by many to abort a baby that will have nothing but a short life and a guaranteed bad outcome... just saying a lot of those kids wouldn't even register elsewhere.


One of the reasons for infant mortality rate in US is records standards there vs here. In US if a baby has a heart beat when it comes out of vagina its a live birth. In EU if a child dies within a certain number of hours of birth its counted as a still birth instead of a live birth that died and thus an infant mortality.
 
2014-05-13 04:46:36 PM  

Oldiron_79: TheIndependent: Part of the reason for high infant mortality rates in the US is an unwillingness by many to abort a baby that will have nothing but a short life and a guaranteed bad outcome... just saying a lot of those kids wouldn't even register elsewhere.

One of the reasons for infant mortality rate in US is records standards there vs here. In US if a baby has a heart beat when it comes out of vagina its a live birth. In EU if a child dies within a certain number of hours of birth its counted as a still birth instead of a live birth that died and thus an infant mortality.


Great. Now explain this:

"The US rate for women dying in childbirth is more than double the rate in Saudi Arabia and Canada, and more than triple the rate in the United Kingdom. The United States now ranks 60 for maternal deaths on a list of 180 countries."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/maternal-deaths-in-childbirth-ri se -in-the-us/2014/05/02/abf7df96-d229-11e3-9e25-188ebe1fa93b_story.html? hpid=z4
 
2014-05-13 07:04:50 PM  
Luckily I live in a region renowned for its cardbordeaux
 
2014-05-13 09:39:54 PM  

Gwyrddu: My last paycheck bounced. My children need wine.

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Cute reference, but Disneyland Paris has been the #5 most attended theme park in the world for a while now.  So employees can presumably afford wine.  See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_amusement_park_rankings,
 
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