BBC melder at holdningene til alkohol er i ferd med å endre seg blant unge i Australia
[Mark Hobart, in his 30s] is by no means an alcoholic, but since he first started sneaking the occasional beer with his school friends aged 13, alcohol has been an ever present feature in his life.
But for most nights this past month, Hobart hasn’t touched a single drop. He hasn’t given up forever, but says he is trying to «change his relationship with alcohol» by actively abstaining.
Hobart is part of a growing number of Australians who are rejecting the notion that not drinking is a personality flaw.
I følge en fersk undersøkelse har en av åtte voksne australiere aldri tatt en drink. Dobbelt så mange som for tyve år siden. 26 år gamle Chris Raine, leder av den veldedige organisasjonen Hello Sunday Morning (HSM), jobber med å få folk til å ta en pause:
HSM’s aim is not to get people to quit drinking altogether, but to help them examine their relationship with alcohol, by soberly facing social situations where they would normally drink.
Økt bevissthet rundt helse og unødvendig forbruk forklares som grunnen for denne nye trenden.