We’ve all heard it over the years: unlike us boorish Anglophones, the Continentals can handle their alcohol. The French grow up drinking wine at dinner with their families; it is a natural part of life for them.Look again. An epidemic of “la binge drinking” as they call it is spreading through France; an estimated 45,000 people per year die of the effects of excessive alcohol consumption. The UK based Guardian newspaper has the story and notes that the normally super-strict Académie Française language police aren’t looking for a purely French term to describe the binge drinking phenomenon. Biggest worry for the French? Rapid increases in binge drinking by young women aged 18-25. “Mademoiselles Gone Wild,” coming to a web site near you.By the way: why “la” binge drinking and not “le”? Anybody know?