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The closet pom culture is doomed

Postby Squire » 09 Nov 2017, 12:12

A culture based on getting sozzled on beer and boxed wine.

It is already evident on Ozpolitic that the more Anglo the closet pom the more addicted they are to alcohol and brain damage. Agnes and Cods are a prime example of a boxed wine victim.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology, which represents many of the nation’s top cancer doctors, is calling attention to the ties between alcohol and cancer. In a statement published Tuesday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the group cites evidence that even light drinking can slightly raise a woman’s risk of breast cancer and increase a common type of esophageal cancer.

Heavy drinkers face much higher risks of mouth and throat cancer, cancer of the voice box, liver cancer and, to a lesser extent, colorectal cancers, the group cautions.

“The message is not, ‘Don’t drink.’ It’s, ‘If you want to reduce your cancer risk, drink less. And if you don’t drink, don’t start,’” said Dr. Noelle LoConte, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the lead author of the ASCO statement. “It’s different than tobacco where we say, ‘Never smoke. Don’t start.’ This is a little more subtle.”

Other medical groups have cited the risks of alcohol as a possible cause of cancer. But this is the first time that ASCO has taken a stand.

Drinking over all, as well as heavy drinking and problem drinking, are on the rise in the United States and affect all segments of society, including women, older adults, racial and ethnic minorities and the poor, several surveys have shown.
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Re: The closet pom culture is doomed

Postby Squire » 10 Nov 2017, 18:42

Closet poms have acquired culture from UK social customs, but the only one that they totally mastered was drinking beer and getting sozzled.

British Aboriginals introduced the culture and its violent aspects to Australian Aboriginals.

The pommie beer gut has become the symbol of prosperity. Genuine closet poms are proud of their beer gut.

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Australian Drinking Culture

The evolution from drunkards to alcohol connoisseurs

In 1869, Marcus Clarke said of Australians,

"They are not a nation of snobs like the English or of extravagant boasters like the Americans or of reckless profligates like the French, they are simply a nation of drunkards."

At the time, Clarke's observation was understandable. During Australia's penal era, rum had been used as currency and it is believed that the colony's inhabitants drank more alcohol per capita that any other time in human history. Today; however, Australia has evolved a number of customs surrounding alcohol consumption that would make words like "alcohol connoisseurs" more appropriate than drunkards. These evolutions demonstrate that rather than drink for the affect of the drug, Australians are attracted to the social aspect of drinking and the taste itself.

The most conspicuous of Australian customs is to drink socially. As 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 mans meets another whom he has not seen for say twelve hours, etiquette requires that he shall incontinently invite him to come and drink. This is a custom that pervades every class in the colony, and cannot be departed from without something more than a breach of good manners." Finch Hatton 1887

Accompanying the social consumption is the round or shout. This involves one person buying the drinks for a group of friends. Once everyone has finished their drink, another person from the group will buy a round and so on until everyone has bought a round. As Hatton explained:

"Shouting", or rather its meaning, is peculiarly Australian. The shortest and most comprehensive definition of "shouting" is to pay for the drink drunk by others. Drunkenness is the vice of which "shouting" is a parasite."

Contrary to what Hatton believed, shouting probably contributed to Australia moving away from the hard liquor drinking cultures that still prevail in Russia, South America and East Asia, where extreme drunkardness and death are common. Generally speaking, Australians are more prone to drink wine and beer, as well as have conversations while drinking. Shouting encourages conversation because it increases the likelihood of one person slowing down out of concern for money being spent or because they want to chat about something. As long as one person has a desire to slow down, the rate of the entire shouting group can be slowed. All they need to do is suggest beer instead of a spirit or keep the conversation flowing. On the other hand, in Asia, drinkers will just down one spirit after the next as they try to impress each other by showing they are strong drinkers. Because the drinks may be paid for by the boss or the richest member of the party, there isn’t that concern about slowing down the rate of drinking to save money. Furthermore, because conversation is less important, drinking becomes the sole focus on the night out.

Of course, slowing down drinking probably wasn't the reason for the custom of the round developing. In 1978, the National Times speculated that it was a kind of ritual that solidified group belonging:

"In tribal societies in which gift giving is economically important, there may be exchange of gift giving of identical (or useless) gifts which serve to maintain the relationship between donors. In Australia, the ritual of the round, known virtually to all adult members of society has some parrallel functions. It symbolise entry to a group (and, for that matter, makes pointed an exclusion). It binds a group together."

World Health Organisation figures provide a useful insight into how these customs have reduced overall alcohol consumption in Australia and also changed Australian tastes from spirits to beer. Specifically, Australia ranks 5th in per capita beer consumption but is not even in the top 20 when it comes to spirits. The love of rum is truly passed.

Annual beer-drinking for adults per capita (numbers given in liters of ethyl alcohol) Annual spirits-drinking for adults per capita:
Czech Republic: 9.43
Ireland: 9.24
Swaziland: 7.48
Germany: 7.26
Austria: 6.42
Luxembourg: 6.16
Uganda: 6.14
Denmark: 6.02
United Kingdom: 5.97
Belgium: 5.90
Venezuela: 5.69
Lithuania: 5.53
Slovakia: 5.34
Australia: 5.20
Croatia: 5.16
Netherlands Antilles: 4.96
The Netherlands: 4.91
Finland: 4.89
United Republic of Tanzania: 4.85
Gabon: 4.77
Republic of Moldova: 10.94
Reunion: 8.67
Russian Federation: 7.64
Saint Lucia: 7.27
Dominica: 7.20
Thailand: 7.13
Bahamas: 7.05
Lativa: 6.46
Belarus: 6.34
Lao People's Democratic Republic: 6.09
Bosnia and Herzegovina: 6.03
Saint Vincent and Grenadines: 5.98
Dem. People's Republic of Korea: 5.48
Slovakia: 5.44
Grenada: 5.06
Lithuania: 4.92
Azerbaijan: 4.66
Kyrgyzstan: 4.61
Czech Republic: 4.41
(Data comes from the World Health Organization's Global Status Report on Alcohol 2004.)
While alcohol abuse is a relatively rare feature of Australian life, many Aboriginal communities still suffer severe alcohol problems. These problems can be directly attributed to wowsers wanting to ban alcohol in Australia, but only succeeding in having it banned for Aborigines. Obviously politicians weren’t keen on a complete ban because that would mean they would have to go without a drink as well, but banning whites from selling to blacks seemed like a noble way to spare Aborigines the vices of white society, and win a few votes in the process.

Although the ban allowed wowsers to feel that they were helping Aborigines, it forced Aboriginal drinking underground. Instead of drinking in a pub where the custom of the round could slow drinking out of financial or social considerations, Aborigines would get their hands on cheap booze and head to a park to drink it. Here young children could access booze that they couldn’t get in the pub, and individuals could drink until they passed out. Worst of all, drinking in the park lacked the protection of the kind of security seen in the pub so if one drunk became violent, it was easy for the violence to spread.

Being forced to buy illegally also might have encouraged Aborigines to buy the booze that gave them the maximum bang for their buck and which was easiest to carry. This tended to be spirits. Unfortunately, spirits tend to wreck much more havoc than beer (which moderates drinking by bloating the drinker.)

Aboriginal Drinking Culture: Differences

When the sale of alcohol to Aborigines eventually became legal, separatism was a continuing legacy of the past ban. The above photos show white and black Australians drinking on opposite sides of a Darwin street. Aborigines bought alcohol out of a window at the back of the bar called the “dog box”, a process of buying that originated when selling booze to Aborigines was illegal.

Because the ban caused the cultures of alcohol consumption to develop in different ways, it was not always easy to reconcile them in the front of the bar when the supply of alcohol to Aborigines became legal. Aside from encouraging seperatism, another legacy of the ban was the choice of alcohol. Aborigines often gravitated towards cask wine or spirits because these were easiest to carry and offered maximum bang for the buck. Non-Aborigines went for the beers commonly bought in a shout.

Packaging of alcohol is another area that demonstrates the development of more of a connoisseur minded approach to alcohol consumption. In 1965, Thomas Angove invented the wine cask, which made it easier to drink less. The wine cask is a cardboard box housing a plastic container which collapses as the wine is drawn off, thus preventing contact with air that will cause the wine to turn to vinegar. It enables people to have a singular glass of wine with a meal instead of finishing a whole bottle lest it go to waste. (Admittedly, cask wine is also used by drunks wanting alcohol that is easy to carry.) Other innovations, such as the stubby, twist top, and stelvin cap were not Australian inventions, but they were accepted in Australia (but rejected in other markets) because of an underlying pragmatism to embrace the best product available - as a true connoisseur should.

Even though 'connoisseur of alcohol' is far more appropriate description for Australians than 'drunkards', the drunkard stereotype prevails. Arguably, a significant reason for this is that Australian governments promote a stereotype of drunkardness in order to justify high taxes on alcohol aimed at eliminating drunkardness. These taxes highly dubious. Firstly, alcohol is taxed as a percentage of the price of the alcohol instead of being indexed to the amount of alcohol in the beverage. For example, wine is taxed at 29% of its wholesale price, which encourages the production of high volume, low quality products. Under the system, a bottle of wine containing 8.5 standard drinks can be purchased for $3. It is the perfect product for teenagers or people whose sole aim is to get drunk. Meanwhile, having a round with three friends in a pub would cost around ten times as much for half the alcohol consumed in a much safer environment.

Secondly, an inability to afford to drink beer in a pub is forcing many Australians to “fuel up” prior to going out. The high levels of intoxication that is obvious in such individuals creates a very visible scene that suggests that Australians have an alcohol problem, when perhaps the problem is another example of social engineering gone wrong.
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