Australia is known for its rich variety of food and wide range of alcohol adopted and adapted by the colonisation. This fashion has become part of multicultural society. Alcohol was introduced during the European invasion of Australia and now has become part of Australian culture. The consumption of alcohol was not the only thing it was used for during the invasion, spirits were used to barter and convicts were paid in rum and this became currency throughout the colonies. This gave huge political power to the controller of the alcohol1. As time went on the culture of a man going down to the pub for a ‘Six O’clock Swill’ was growing enormously. This culture had led to some concerns about what was going to happen to the future of the country, hence the temperance organisations was created and was been enforced in the mid 1830’si. This movement was a success to a point but was later left in the rear view mirror once service men started to arrive back in Australia after the Second World War.
Australia as a nation has a very cultured aspect when it comes to the consumption of alcohol and the scene that alcohol is consumed in. During Australia’s invasion from the European settlement, rum was very popular drink. In order to come into contact with this alcohol, convicts would have to work for it. It was the currency of the era. It was calculated that the convicts drank more alcohol per capita than at any point in time throughout history. It was not seen as good form for a man to drink on his own but drink in a social scene. Over time, names for people who drank copious amounts of alcohol were give different names, with one final sticking, alcohol connoisseurs, which was seen more appropriate then the term drunkard.
The main reason for Australian’s to drink is to be social with mates and interact with each other, but as a famous writer, Finch Hatton wrote in 1887:
"All through Australia, in every class, it is not considered good form for a man to drink by himself. Very few even of the most hopeless drunkards ever do so. The consequence is, that when a man feels inclined to drink, he immediately looks out for someone to drink with...At whatever hour of the day a man’s meets…