Santé publique have published a study, and they claim that alcohol is responsible for 41,000 deaths every year in France. That figure represents seven percent of all deaths from 15 years old onwards.
In 2009, the figure was 49,000 people who died of alcohol related illnesses. The decrease is mostly due to better medicine than less drinking, although in 2009 an average of pure alcohol consumption was 27g compared to the latest study of 26g.
Santé publique France said many people still drink more than the recommended safe level of two glasses of wine a da, even though consumption levels have fallen slightly.