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L'abus d'alcool nuit à la santé. A consommer avec modération

English translation: Alcohol-abuse is harmful to your health - consume in moderation

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French term or phrase:L'abus d'alcool nuit à la santé. A consommer avec modération
English translation:Alcohol-abuse is harmful to your health - consume in moderation
Entered by: Robin Salmon (X)

23:59 Feb 18, 2001
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
Marketing
French term or phrase: L'abus d'alcool nuit à la santé. A consommer avec modération
Connaissez-vous l'expression consacrée mise sur les bouteilles d'alcool.

Merci.
nathalie Moulard
Alcohol-abuse is harmful to your health - consume in moderation
Explanation:
This should be O.K.
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Robin Salmon (X)
Australia
Local time: 22:48
Grading comment
As your are an English native-speaker I fully trust your answer and I'm very grateful to your.

Best regards,

Nathalie Moulard
3 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer



Summary of answers provided
4the abuse of alcohol can harm your health, consume in moderation
Tony M
naAlcohol-abuse is harmful to your health - consume in moderation
Robin Salmon (X)
naalcohol abuse is hazardous to health - use/consume with moderation
Armineh Johannes
naAlcohol abuse is dangerous to health. Consume with moderation.
Fiona Busfield


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23 mins
Alcohol abuse is dangerous to health. Consume with moderation.


Explanation:
See URL below


    Reference: http://www.champagne-viardot.com/viardotgb.htm
Fiona Busfield
United Kingdom
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 55

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  Tony M: I deprecate the use of 'alcohol-abuse', which connotes 'substance-abuse', which is much stronger than the source text implies
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42 mins
alcohol abuse is hazardous to health - use/consume with moderation


Explanation:
good luck

Armineh Johannes
Local time: 05:48
Native speaker of: Native in Farsi (Persian)Farsi (Persian), Native in ArmenianArmenian
PRO pts in pair: 4

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
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neutral  Tony M: I deprecate the use of 'alcohol-abuse', which connotes 'substance-abuse', which is much stronger than the source text implies
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1 hr
Alcohol-abuse is harmful to your health - consume in moderation


Explanation:
This should be O.K.


    Own head.
Robin Salmon (X)
Australia
Local time: 22:48
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 164
Grading comment
As your are an English native-speaker I fully trust your answer and I'm very grateful to your.

Best regards,

Nathalie Moulard

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
Elisa Capelão

neutral  Tony M: I deprecate the use of 'alcohol-abuse', which connotes 'substance-abuse', which is much stronger than the source text implies
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5890 days   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
the abuse of alcohol can harm your health, consume in moderation


Explanation:
This is my own favoured translation, which appears to me more idiomatic and natural in EN.

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Note added at 5890 jours (2017-04-06 06:32:44 GMT) Post-grading
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Note that certain versions of the FR expression do indeed use "est dangereux...", but here it is simply "nuit".

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Note added at 5890 jours (2017-04-06 06:33:04 GMT) Post-grading
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Or "...is bad for..."

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Note added at 6390 days (2018-08-19 11:45:23 GMT) Post-grading
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It is important to be sensitive to the difference in meaning here of 'abus' vs. the faux ami in EN 'abuse'.
This standard health warning is clearly not talking about serious 'alcohol abuse', in the same league as we talk about 'drug abuse' etc. Here, it has a slightly weaker sense of 'misuse', or perhaps 'improper use', and I believe it is important not to create an unwanted and judgemental connotation in this instance.

Look at many other examples where 'abus' in FR is used with a meaning we wouldn't use 'abuse' for in EN, like: « Je sais que j'abuse... mais est-ce que je peux te taxer un clope ? » — 'abuser' in this context has something more of the sense of 'doing too much', which is what of course the source text is seeking to say: "Drinking too much is bad for your health"; suggesting that all the customers for an alcoholic beverage were on the verge of becoming alcoholics would hardly go down well in a marketing context, now would it?

Hence my suggested word order change, which softens the expression to what I believe if just the required degree.

Tony M
France
Local time: 14:48
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 14371
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