Answer (1 of 4): As much as the sodas that are drunk while the Americans swallow their daily ten pounds of burgers. It's a stupid picture, isn't it? As stupid as the cliché of the French two-hour lunches…
One bottle of red (around 1 and 1/2 pints) is mandatory with meat in all civil servants cafeterias. Plus some white Chardonay if there’s fish.
Then, after the cheese and the dessert, and the café, some cognac.
It’s a little bit hard on the city bus drivers, but they have one baguette of bread to dilute the alcohol.
The government tried to reduce the two hour lunch, but the French went on strike with guillotines and everything. Haven’t you seen the news?