Okay, remember back when I first got to Australia and I said Aussies go really hard in terms of drinking? Well, after living here for three months and working as a bartender for several of weeks, I want to revise that previous statement. Aussies don’t necessarily go harder than Americans, they can just drink for longer periods of time. Which actually makes sense: Americans drink faster and larger portions than Aussies, so it’s no wonder we can’t go all night – we max out too fast. I cannot tell you the number of times an Aussie has commented on how quickly I drink my drink… I guess Aussies rather always have a drink in their hands whereas Americans just drink their drinks as fast as they can so that they don’t need a drink in their hands. Also, a standard Australian drink is only 2/3 the size of the standard American drink… So although it appears Aussies can drink more drinks, in all reality they’re not consuming a larger amount of alcohol… Weird, right?
Moral of the story? Aussies can drink alcohol for a longer period of time, but Americans can drink more alcohol in a shorter period of time – aka why Americans have the reputation of being ratchet drunks when they’re drinking.