Sydney is a mean drunk
You often hear about the random story about someone smashing a bottle over someone else’s head in a bar fight. I guess we can thank John Wayne Westerns for this. In Australia, there is a significant rise in “glassings”.
I never saw this behavior while drinking with other Australians in the United States, but apparently they are very mean drunks down under. One of the most popular stories on Fermentarium last year was about a mean drunk Australian girl who didn’t like kiwis. This time it’s all-out bar fights. Smashing bottles and glasses into other patrons, by men and women, is so out of control in New South Wales the government is stepping in.
The New South Wales government will no longer allow pubs to apply for 24-hour liquor licenses, last call will be enforced after 2 am, and after midnight drinks will be served in plastic cups. If you want to face someone with a bottle, you’ll have to do it before 12:00 am.
The violence in New South Wales has risen 7% annually, and recorded 21,000 incidents of alcohol-related violence in the past year. There are only 4 million people in Sydney (6 million in New South Wales), so 21,000 is a pretty high number.
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I live in Denver, Colorado. This blog is everything about beer, wine, cider, mead and other spirits.
I am a avid homebrewer and winemaker. I’ve been making my own beer and wine for many years. I started making beer when I was in college (mostly because the drinking age in the United States is 21). My first few beers were horrible. The beers are much better now, and I often supply my neighborhood with free beer! It is a great hobby!