The Differences Between 18th’s and 21st’s

In Australia, Anyway


Recently, I turned twenty-one. A couple of weeks before that, my brother turned eighteen.

These are both significant milestones — in Australia, anyway. Honestly, I’m not sure why twenty-one is considered important Down Under. At least the eighteenth means you can finally legally drink. I feel as though a twenty-first is just another excuse for a party — one that says “Ok, I know we said it at the eighteenth, but now you’re really an adult.”

In any case, my brother and I both had our parties within a week of each other. Although I remember more from my brother’s than my own, I still recollect enough to recount the differences between them:

Arrival Time

18th: Past an hour of the start time.

21st: Within an hour past the start time.

Time the Majority of People Were Drunk

18th: Two hours before the party started.

21st: An hour or so into the party.


18th: Just rolled off the runway.

21st: Some effort to have clothes on.

Percentage of People Vomiting Before 10pm

18th: 93.7%

21st: 28%

Number of Overly Emotional Females (Crying)

18th: 5/50

21st: 1/70

Percentage of People Drinking Cask Wine

18th: 80%

21st: 7%

Departure Time

18th: 10:30-11pm, accompanied with the excitement of going out and clubbing.

21st: 12am — when music has to be shut off. Accompanied with disappointment that they now have to go out clubbing.

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