Saturday 16 July 2011 - Boozy culture
Yesterday, I was talking to a Canadian girl (not a French Canadian, as they tend to differentiate themselves from the rest of the country) and I was asking about the easiness of getting laid since Sydney is known to be the best city to get a one night stand (I don't know where I read that, but seems like a tangible urban legend). She said to me that it would probably be more related to the importance of alcohol in the city culture. She lived in London and Toronto and now Sydney and she admits that the fact that in Canada you have to drive more through the cold weather, you would have less opportunities to get really drunk. London is also known for the boozy culture but apparently, most Anglo Saxons expats I've met confirm that Sydney is particularly big on being drunk on Friday nights.
One of the other urban legends I heard about Sydney is that it is the Australian city with the highest rate of liver cancers... Well apparently I am wrong, because The Medical Journal of Australia doesn't consider alcohol to be the major factor of this type of cancer but to many other types of cancers. Although it does actually reckon that it may increase by 5% the chances to develop a bowel cancer (men) or any of the organ located on your digestive road (Mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus ...). Also according to the Australian Institude of Health and Welfare, bowel cancers come second after prostate cancers (breast cancer is 3rd and skin cancer is 4th). To prevent the increase of bowel cancers, Australia introduced in 2006 the "National Bowel Cancer Screening Program as a one-off test for people turning 55 and 65 as part of a plan to phase in wider population coverage. Testing for 50 year-olds was added in 2008" (http://www.cancer.org.au)