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Aussie Drinking Crackdown

November 16th, 2009

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I just read a very upsetting news story.

The Australian police, fed up with alcohol-related violence at car racing events, are cracking down. At the recent Bathurst 1000, a three-day race in the town of that name, they decided to set some fun-killing limits: only 24 cans of beer per person per day. I mean, for Pete’s sake, we all know the fun doesn’t start till 25, right? Am I right?

Just when I was gonna cash in some mileage and head to Bratwurst, or whatever it’s called, for some awesome party time, I have to ask, what’s the point? I mean I might as well stay here and go to a damn Rams game (or are we the Vikings ? The L.A. Colts? I can never remember) where they no such limits and better hot dogs.

Not to mention the Aussies are limiting wine, too: don’t try to show up with more than four litres per person. I know, so what’s a litre, right? Don’t the Aussies speak English? Well, I Googled it: a litre is 33 ounces, roughly, so each person is limited to  uh, what’s 33 times 4?…uh, well you get the picture. It’s downright Draconian, if you ask me. If I imposed those limits on my book group, they’d never come over.

For a bunch of people who go around saying “cheers” all the time, you’d never guess Australians could be such party poopers.

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5 Responses to “Aussie Drinking Crackdown”

  1. Lloyd Says:

    Interesting stuff Jessica; I used to work with an aussie and she said that is why she would never marry an aussie man, all they do is drink, get drunk and want to fight; as for me, I am a champagne lover and right now I am having some champagne. CHEERS.

  2. Lloyd Says:

    Oh say hi to Oliver, Oliver ROCKS!

  3. bboy Says:

    i know right..4 USA six packs barely completes a good wisconsin breakfast but keep i mind that the aussie beer can is twice the size of ours -

  4. Bryan Says:

    I wonder if the race car drivers are allowed that same limit? Might make racing more interesting to watch.

  5. Jen Says:

    Not all Aussies are drunk hooligans! OR party poopers! We can drink when we’re 18, not having to wait until 21 like the US. We have great beer here, (and btw, NO ONE here drinks Fosters, you couldn’t even buy it at a shop, we just export it) and we’re some of the nicest people you’d ever come across! :P

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