The drinking culture is pervasive and inescapable.
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She's now a proud mum to baby Oliver.
His rep calls it a 'tune-up'.
No, they don't need a beer to have fun.
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Drinking beforehand turns you into a food monster.
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Rural isolation is dangerous. The nights that were interspersed with abuse and violence were never talked about. That was part of the community shame -- preference for silence, preferred ignorance.
Mitchell Pearce's behaviour was more than ugly. It was a sad and hard-to-digest snapshot of Australia's binge-drinking epidemic. To argue that this incident is uniquely NRL's or Pearce's problem dismisses the wider truth of our culture of the bottle.