At the risk of sounding “un-Australian”, I think it’s high time we seriously reconsider the way our age old Aussie tradition of shouting rounds is impacting our budgets.
While bonding over a shared jug undoubtedly conjures camaraderie between friends, let’s not forget that Australia has some of the highest priced booze in the world - in fact when it comes to buying alcohol, we’re the 9th most expensive country
And, the more people you’re drinking with, the more drinks you’ll need to buy when it’s your round, and the longer you’ll have to stick around (lest you miss your shout and your friends dub you the Scrooge of the group).
This seemingly egalitarian tradition is how one cheeky $8 beverage at the pub after work transforms into a $60 expense you can definitely live without.
Don’t feel ashamed to decline to participate in the shouting ritual either. A recent study by ME Bank
found that not only do 56% of people think that the Aussie shouting tradition is unfair, but 81% would prefer to pay for just their drinks. By politely saying that you prefer to buy your own bevvies, not only will you save money but you’ll help your friends save too.