How much more is Australia drinking? The average global drinker gets drunk around 14.6 times a year, or roughly once a month. Yeah nah, we’re cracking open tinnies and getting drunk 27.7 times a year, or over twice a month on average!
It shouldn’t shock us that much as author of The Rum State, Milton Lewis, says that heavy drinking has been a cultural norm in Australia since the time of colonisation. Part of this is due to spirits appearing as a form of barter amongst convicts who were also part paid in rum – hence the “rum state” title.
Wildly enough, alcohol played a part in Australia’s one and only military coup, the Rum Rebellion in 1808.
We’re also responsible for the humble goon sack, which was invented by Australian winemaker, Thomas Angove in April 1965.
So it really shouldn’t be that surprising that we love our tinnies, stubbies, and king brown’s.
What does the report consider as drunk though? According to the GDS, “We defined drunk as ‘having drunk so much that your physical and mental faculties are impaired to the point where your balance/speech was affected, you were unable to focus clearly on things and that your conversation and behaviours were very obviously different to people who know you.’”
That’s a fair definition and we aren’t even ashamed of doing it apparently. The report took the time to ask the amount of people who regretted getting drunk and only 24.4% of Australians felt they did. This puts us at 9th on the list with the Irish being the most regretful at 28.4%. Denmark had the fewest regrets with just 17% of respondents claiming so.
The biggest reason people felt regretful about drinking in Australia was that they “drank too much too quickly” with 72% of Aussie respondents claiming so.
All of this has to be taken with a grain of salt as the results were not representative of wider populations as a whole. Part of this is due to their sample size and demographic. 85.9% of the respondents were white and the report states that respondents had “significantly higher” patterns of drug use when compared to the general population.
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