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The French coin their own term for binge drinking: beuverie express

October 30, 2013|By S. Irene Virbila

The French newspaper Le Monde reports a new homegrown term for binge drinking: beuverie express. According to the French daily, binge drinking is defined as downing four or five glasses in less than two hours.

Always on the lookout against Americanisms and slang encroaching in their language, the French have announced their equivalent for binge drinking in a official bulletin from

As of the 28th of July, beuverie express becomes part of the vocabulary for health and social medicine, defined as “massive absorption of alcohol, generally in a group, with the object of provoking drunkeness in a minimum of time."

"Foreign equivalent: Binge drinking."

The paper goes on to cite a study from the National Institute for the Prevention and Education for Health that estimates that the consumption of alcohol regularly remains rare among 15 to 30 year olds (2.5% as opposed to 27% for those between 61 and 75 years old). But when the younger generation does drink, 25.5% of them report having drunk at least six glasses on one occasion in the past month, as opposed to 18% for those 31 to 45 years and 10% for respondents over 60.

Like smoking, after several years of going down, the consummation of alcohol is rising again, placing France in 12th place in Europe for binge drinking. 

Still, you've got to love the ring of beuverie express.


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