Jill Stark was a binge-drinking health reporter for the Sunday Age. During the week she wrote about the health and social consequences of Australia’s booze-soaked culture. On the weekends, she’d write herself off. After one too many hangovers, she decided on a period of abstinence. Hear Jill talk about her memoir, High Sobriety, that charts her tumultuous year on the wagon, as well as discussing Australia’s obsession with alcohol. (Chris-86)… (more)
Lunchbox / Soapbox: Jill Stark: High Sobriety: My Year Without Booze
Jill Stark, a Sunday Age writer specialising in alcohol and public health issues, came to write her first book, High Sobriety, after one big night too many. On January 1 2011, she woke up with the hangover of all hangovers and decided it was time for a well overdue break from the booze.
‘The irony was that binge drinking had been my job – for more than five years, I’d written about the health and social consequences of Australia’s alcohol consumption. At the weekends, I wrote myself off.’ Hear her discuss the clash of those two worlds – and Australia’s conflicted relationship with alcohol consumption. (rodneyvc)… (more)
Alcohol had dominated Jill Stark's social life ever since she had her first sip of beer, at age 13. She thought nothing could curb her love of big nights and then came the hangover that changed everything. She made the decision to give up alcohol and so started a tumultuous year "on the wagon".
High Sobriety is a lively memoir as well as an exploration of Australia's love affair with alcohol from alcopop-swigging teens who drink to fit-in, to beer-swilling blokes in a sporting culture backed by booze, Jill Stark tracks the history of this national obsession.
Jill Stark is a senior writer with The Sunday Age. In 2008 and 2011 she won the National Drug and Alcohol Award for excellence in media reporting.
You are invited to meet her when she introduces her funny, moving and insightful exploration of why we drink and what happens when we turn off the tap.
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Jill Stark is a senior writer with The Sunday Age. She joined The Age in 2006, where she has predominantly covered health, specialising in alcohol and drug issues, mental health, and public-health policy. Jill began her journalism career in Scotland in the 1990s,before moving to Melbourne, where she currently lives, in 2001.