From a 1959 French survey:
"When you were, let's say between 8 and 12 years of age what did you usually drink at meals?"
Only water 22%
wine with water added 44%
a little wine, pure 4%
beer 10%other 4%
There was a series of questions about the first time you had "the impression that you had drank a little too much." One of them asked "Was it at a particular occasion and which one?"
15% Ceremonies of a family character very often religious followed by celebrations
8% Gatherings [at a] family meal
11% Gathering [of] friends
7% Popular celebrations
8% Usual drinking excess marking the beginning of adult life
3% During work
2% At the army
4% Curiosity or childhood feat unknown to the adults
4% Accidentally, exceptionally, taken surprise by circumstances
2% Other answers
36% Don't know or don't remember
"How did your parents react when they observed that you had effectively drunk a little too much for the first time? Were they..."
did they think it was normal 4%
judged you severely 4%
they didn't know about it 20%
No answer 40%
The question about the occasion on which you first drank a little too much was open-ended: people gave whatever answer they wanted and later someone classified it into the categories. The report gave some examples of people's answers:
"It's sad to say but it was my first communion"
"when I buried my life as a boy"
"I was an apprentice for an old gardener who made me drink"
"after school, to celebrate his little brother's birth, a friend took me to a cafe"
"I had gone to be paid by a wine-grower and they made me taste their wine"
"to be a braggart"
"I was coming back from a long stay in England where I had drunk only water"
"it was at boarding school, we were well taken care of"