Ah, thank you, that does make more sense now! The legal drinking age in Oz is 18, but we have far fewer pubs than we did in the early settlement era - our village, population 100, once had 3 pubs, and the population wouldn't have been hugely greater.Utah is about 50% Latter Day Saints, who are not “suppose“ to consume alcohol, while the state legislature is probably 90% LDS. There are lots of just over the border towns that cater to Utahns looking for something else.
When I was in college I was in a town of 15,000 that had over 30 bars and the drinking age was 19. Eight miles to the west was a University with a student population of 15,000 and a drinking age of 21. The road between the towns was very busy in the evenings. Everything is 21 now, so I’m sure a lot of bars dried up.