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Your Pa Officially Necked More Six-Packs Than You, So Don’t Let Him Scold You

Well, well, well, looks like the beer is in the other glass.

Look, Australians love their alcohol, so much so we’re ranked well within the top 20 drunkest countries in the world. So it’s a bit of a surprise to know that pearl-clutching baby boomers are bigger boozehounds than millennials ever were.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, we as a country guzzled down 185.8 million litres between 2016-17 compared to the 188.2 million litres between 2015-16.

In fact, our drinking levels are at their lowest since 1961-62 so not only are you opting for coffee over booze, your nan and pop have definitely necked more six-packs back in the day than you ever have.

Breaking down the stats further, the decrease in alcohol consumption for Australians isn’t because we’re favouring one type of drink over the other either. Beer (which is the leading type of booze), wine, cider, spirits and ready-to-drink pre-mixes have all dropped in popularity compared to previous years.

As for how much millennials are drinking compared to boomers, the average Australian over 15 years old during the 2016-17 period is knocking back “only” 9.4 litres of alcohol a year. In real-world maths, that’s:

  • 224 stubbies of beer
  • 38 bottles of wine
  • 17 bottles of cider
  • 4 bottles of spirits, and
  • 33 cans of premixed spirits

Take into account the one in five Aussies who don’t drink at all, it’s still a decent amount of grog. However, that’s nothing compared to the 13.1 litres of alcohol Aussies were necking every year back in the peak period of 1974-75.

So in short, not only are millennials not the boozehounds they might think they are but they would get drunk under the table by their boomer counterparts.

Much to learn you still have, young drunken padawan.

That being said, the stats did reveal an interesting shift in alcohol choice. Despite our love of a good beer, these days we’re moving towards wine, which trailed beer as the second most popular bevvy by less than one percent in terms of total alcohol consumed in 2016-17 (39.2% vs 38.3%).

So why are we drinking less these days? Rising grog prices and health reasons are a big part but Michael Thorn, CEO of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, says young people are starting to drink later and end up drinking less. Some even end up being abstainers well into their 20s.

At least when someone is being an arsehole to you, you’re more likely to know that it’s their actual personality and not something that comes out when they’re all liquored up.

So to all those boomers telling millennials that they’re being drunk and irresponsible and how much better they were back in the day, they can shove it up their beer glass.

The So-Called ‘Gay Gene' Has Been Proven A Myth Once And For All

Let's bury that idea once and for all.

Ever since term “gay gene” became popularised in the early 90s following a flawed study on male sexual preference, it’s become a throwaway thing that non-LGBTQI+ people have used to erroneously explain why people like to have same-sex sex.

Well folks, it’s time to debunk that ridiculous notion once and for all because science has proved that the “gay gene” is nothing more than a ridiculous myth.

Boom.

A massive new study published in Science Magazine involving the analysis of genomes of nearly half a million participants from America and the UK found nothing in our genetics that could reliably predict whether someone has same-sex sex.

While researchers found no genetic link, the study doesn’t rule out the idea that genes play absolutely no role in a person’s sexual orientation. They argue that a person’s sexual preference is influenced rather than determined by a ridiculously complex mix of “genetic markers,” like genes, environment, life experiences, and many more that are still unknown and require further study.

Researchers also found some link between sexual orientation and genes, such as a gene associated with same-sex behaviour in men also being associated with male pattern balding. However, these areas were only touched upon and require further study before anything can be definitively confirmed.

But the long and short of it is that science has shown there is no single “gay gene” that dictates your sexual orientation, and liking people of the same gender is as natural as liking people of the opposite gender.

That being said, the study wasn’t without its limitations. The sample size, while large, was primarily from the UK, relied on self-reported sexual behaviour and only included people whose assigned-at-birth sex and self-reported gender match.

This means the study can’t tell whether ethnic background plays a part in sexual orientation, the sample size could’ve missed out on people who are attracted to the same sex but never acted on it, and none of the study’s results can say anything definitive about transgender or non-binary people.

But give them time, they’ll get there soon!

Having said all that, the most important takeaway from this study is the hope that the ridiculous “gay gene” idea will be dispelled once and for all.

While the LGBTQI+ community don’t really care that much about the “gay gene”, it does affect how non-LGBTQI+ people view the community and the big hope of this study is to educate uninformed folks that same-sex behaviour isn’t genetic and it comes from the same human place that influences opposite-sex behaviour.

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