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50 years since end of ‘six o’clock swill’

February 1 marks 50 years to the day since the ‘six o’clock swill’ ended.

But has the law change improved or worsened Australia’s attitude towards alcohol?

The law, introduced in 1916, prohibited the service of alcohol at pubs after 6pm.

It led to people rushing to their nearest watering hole after work and drinking as much as possible, as quickly as possible.

‘It was quite a different world back then,’ Tanja Luckins, author of The Australian Pub, told 3AW Drive.

Click PLAY below to hear Tom Elliott and Tanja Luckins chat on 3AW Drive.

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