Yes but I think in France it's more of a slow intake. When I've been to France and gone into pubs/restaurants, you see people drinking wine with their lunch on a weekday, but not getting blackout drunk. Seems like a pretty nice way to live if you don't overdo it.
you can get sake and shochu anywhere but there are many japanese alcohols. i rarely drink and i can only really drink liqueurs and sweet alcohol so umeshu, momoshu, yuzushu are good for me. awamori is an okinawan liquor that ive heard is good