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Single Australians say they need booze for first dates jitters

It’s not a secret that Australians love to drink. In fact, drinking to excess is the nation’s biggest drug problem, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has said.

According to new data from eharmony, more than two thirds of Aussie daters rely on a drink to calm first date nerves.

‘Alcohol will continue to be a social lubricant,’ the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education told Daily Mail Australia.  

The Centre for Alcohol Policy Research found socially motivated drinking to be the strongest factor in why people chose to drink

According to new data from eharmony, 67 per cent of Aussie daters rely on a little liquid courage to quell their first date jitters 

According to new data from eharmony, 67 per cent of Aussie daters rely on a little liquid courage to quell their first date jitters 

The YouGov commissioned survey also found nearly a quarter of daters weren’t afraid to order liquor: straight, in a mixed drink or as a cocktail.

This coincides with recent research into motivational models of alcohol use. 

The Centre for Alcohol Policy Research found socially motivated drinking to be the strongest factor in why people chose to drink.

‘Alcohol continues to be consumed to help Australians to celebrate, connect and relax,’ the research centre said.

The most popular beverage of choice for a date-night drink were wine and beer, at 25 per cent and 15 per cent of daters opting for a more conventional drink.

The most popular beverage of choice for a date-night drink were wine and beer, at 25 per cent and 15 per cent of daters opting for a more conventional drink 

The most popular beverage of choice for a date-night drink were wine and beer, at 25 per cent and 15 per cent of daters opting for a more conventional drink 

'Alcohol continues to be consumed to help Australians to celebrate, connect and relax,' the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research said 

‘Alcohol continues to be consumed to help Australians to celebrate, connect and relax,’ the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research said 

The majority of female drinkers turned to vino and the majority of men defaulted to beer and cider, a total of twenty eight per cent for both genders.

Nearly one in five vino-drinking Aussie singles said they would order mid-priced wine so their dates wouldn’t think they were cheap. 

The final third of respondents said they opted for no alcohol at all, choosing to order water, a non-alcoholic beverage or even a mocktail.

Victorians and Tasmanians are most likely to order a mixed drink for a first date

Victorians and Tasmanians are most likely to order a mixed drink for a first date

When it comes to drinking choices across states, our nation’s capital are the biggest wine drinkers with 28 per cent opting for vino in comparison to the state-wide average of 23 per cent. 

Victorians and Tasmanians are most likely to order a mixed drink for a first date, with 13 per cent opting for a gin and tonic or vodka soda in comparison to 9 per cent of daters across other states.

Queenslanders are the most likely to order a pre-mixed drink with eight per cent of daters choosing drinks like a Bacardi Cruiser.

Regional Australia's Bachelor and Spinster ball in the town of Ariah Park 400km west of Sydney had 1,500 people turn up for last year's outdoor drinking and dancing extravaganza ©Peter Parks (AFP)

Regional Australia’s Bachelor and Spinster ball in the town of Ariah Park 400km west of Sydney had 1,500 people turn up for last year’s outdoor drinking and dancing extravaganza ©Peter Parks (AFP)

Aussie singles are reluctant to take the lead on a first date and over a third would leave it up to their date to choose what they both drink, if that person foots the bill.

Only three per cent of singles said they would take advantage of their date footing the bill to order the most expensive glass of wine.

Nearly a third of daters would split a bottle on the first date if the other person is footing the bill.    

Aussie singles are reluctant to take the lead on a first date and over a third would leave it up to their date to choose what they both drink, if that person foots the bill

Aussie singles are reluctant to take the lead on a first date and over a third would leave it up to their date to choose what they both drink, if that person foots the bill

Across cultures and countries, social motives continue to be the most common reason we choose to drink.

But the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has indicated that overall, Australians are consuming less alcohol. 

In some regional Australian communities drinking and dating are undeniably linked. 

For single men and women on remote farms or small towns, Bachelor and Spinster balls offer a chance of finding love with 24-hour booze-fuelled parties in the outback.

The balls, a decades-old tradition in outback Australia, still attract thousands of young adults looking for love – or just to get rolling drunk.

Regional Australia's Bachelor and Spinster Ball gives revellers unlimited alcohol for their  and a goody bag that includes a plastic beer cup and a condom ©Peter Parks (AFP)

Regional Australia’s Bachelor and Spinster Ball gives revellers unlimited alcohol for their and a goody bag that includes a plastic beer cup and a condom ©Peter Parks (AFP)

For single men and women on remote farms or in tiny villages, Bachelor and Spinster balls offer locals a chance of finding love ©Peter Parks (AFP)

For single men and women on remote farms or in tiny villages, Bachelor and Spinster balls offer locals a chance of finding love ©Peter Parks (AFP)



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