The results of a study involving 41,000+ young people has shown that young Australians are smoking and drinking far less than they used to. A study done in 1999, the year that I finished high school, showed around 70% of surveyed teens had tried booze. By 2015, that had dropped to 45%. Teenage drinking is now something indulged in by the minority, according to this latest survey.
In 1999, I quite happily headed to the pub after final exams. We shared jugs of beer (already well aware of pub economics) and rested our ciggies in ashtrays while we shot game after game of pool with local truckies and booze hounds. It wasn’t new to us at all. We’d been drinking for a few years by then.