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Should we give in to a virtual aperitif with friends?

To maintain the social ties of the French take an aperitif by videoconference. In Paris, March 20. CYRIL ENTZMANN / DIVERGENCE

Priveted in social life, the French have got into the habit of toasting together on Whatsapp, Skype and other Messenger. But should this thirst for conviviality really be quenched?

In ancient Rome, before the meal, a glass of honey was thrown behind the toga – yes, the aperitif may not be alcoholic – before the French decreed the aperitif flagship of their friendly manners. In the Middle Ages, the herbal aperitif was even prized for its therapeutic properties. Yes ! Farpaitement! So what did we say? That the aperitif is now a French passion to share on your screen! You can not stop progress ! It's beautiful, the aperitif at a distance … The Romans would be proud of us.

  • The dietary argument

A bistro is not a gym. Your living room, of course it is! So consider the virtual aperitif as an Olympic event: ten pushups, then twenty bites of Picon beer. Finally take advantage of this second of happiness to see the other – we FINALLY see ANOTHER – in the same position as you (slumped in his sofa in tracksuit), to trigger a collective emulation saving. So try Aerobics ! With this song of the Charlots in the background, “To her, the gym, to me the tonic”, there is something to laugh about.

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With the virtual aperitif, you can cultivate yourself live on the Internet with your friends in the background. Let us recall that Joseph Dubonnet, French chemist, developed in 1846 a therapeutic drink based on wine and quinine to fight against malaria, and why not against Covid-19, if he had known. This beverage was originally intended for our military personnel. At the time, Joseph's wife had the idea of ​​offering a finger for an aperitif. The World Health Organization has since set the limit for “responsible” consumption at two to three glasses of alcohol a day.

  • The historical counter-argument

It is likely that Jean-Paul “Hell-It-The-Others” Sartre would have disavowed this type of conjuncturally hysterical technological bacchanalia. Finally, this interminable incarceration is the psychoanalytically historical opportunity to stay at home to return inside. To get rid of all social constraints, to throw all the trivialities out of the confinement window. To reach the ethereal shores of the full awareness of his whole self, like the hermit of inviolable solitude.

  • The dietary counter-argument

Wither or grow, you have to choose. Certainly, if you are invited to an app aperitif, you can opt for a vegetable juice. Except that you will then become your community's favorite tocard. Especially since the virtual aperitif encourages more alcohol consumption – the drinks are cheaper and the service is free.

So don't even login. Because the body eliminates alcohol in a series of chemical reactions which fuel the production of fatty acids. One glass of wine = 100 kilos-calories (Kcal). 25 cl of beer = 140 Kcal. A glass of whiskey = 380 Kcal.

  • The medical counter-argument

Eye disorders, muscle pain, risk of tendonitis … We are not talking about the ravages of alcohol but those of screens and telework. These physical risks increase considerably when we spend more than four hours a day in front of our screen. So… Worldly alcoholism mixed with cyber addiction, are we talking about it? And, without wanting to overwhelm the mood, stop bashing us with the 80% drop in road accidents over the past month. Reaching your bed at 3 grams in your blood and therefore staggering, it's also very dangerous.

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