Australia , Alcohol and the Aborigine: Alcohol Consumption Differences Between Non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australians
Association for Consumer Research
Faculty of Business and Public Management
School of Marketing, Tourism and Leisure
While Australia was colonised by settlers with a strong dependency on alcohol and strongly established behaviours associated with its consumption, the indigenous inhabitants had no experience with this commodity. In the two centuries that followed, but especially in the brief period since alcohol became universally available to Aborigines, this situation has changed dramatically. Alcohol problems within Aboriginal society are severe. This paper investigates the similarities and differences that exist between the alcohol consumption behaviours of non-indigenous and indigenous Australians.