I lived in Canberra in the 70’s and, while I was a kid and didn’t have any direct involvement in it, there was a strong culture of imbibing. I watched my Dad and guests get pretty hammered at backyard parties, and there was a definite Aussie stereotype of being a hard-drinking nation.
Sometime after I left (1978), this changed, as I understand it. The penalties for “drink driving” (we call it drunk driving) are severe and as I understand it you can be pulled over at any time for no reason and be given a breathyliser test.
So, what happened to change the culture and when did it happen? Is it really that different now or is it just the driving aspect of it that has changed?