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High Sobriety : My Year Without Booze - Jill Stark

High Sobriety

My Year Without Booze


Published: 30th January 2013
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'I'm the binge-drinking health reporter. During the week, I write about Australia's booze-soaked culture. At the weekends, I wrote myself off.' Booze has dominated Jill Stark social life ever since she had her first sip of beer, at 13. She thought nothing could curb her love of big nights. And then came the hangover that changed everything. In the shadow of her 35th Year, Jill made a decision- she would give up alcohol. But what would it mean to stop drinking in a world awash with booze. This lively memoir charts Jill's tumultuous year on the wagon, as she copes with the stress of the newsroom sober, tackles the dating scene on soda water, learns to watch the footy minus beer, and deals with censure from friends and colleagues, who tell her that a year without booze is 'a year with not mates'. In re-examining her habits, Jill also explores Australia's love affair with alcohol, meeting alcopop-swigging teens who drink to fit in, beer-seilling blokes in a sporting culture backed by booze, and marketing bigwigs blamed for turning binge drinking into a way of life. And she tracks the history of this national obsession- from the idea that Australia's new colonies were drowning in drink to the Anzac ethos that a beer builds mateship, and from the six o'clock swill that encouraged bingeing to the tangled weave of advertising, social pressure, and tradition that confronts drinkers today. Will Jill make it through the year without booze? And if she does, will she go back to her old habits, or has she called last drinks? This is a funny, moving, and insightful exploration of why we drink, how we got here, and what happens when we turn off the tap. 'A frank, entertaining, and at times confronting glimpse of what Australia might look life with a hangover.' Annabel Crabb




Excellent reading for anyone looking to change their drinking habits. Insightful and entertaining.



Well researched


Whilst I had trouble identifying with the binge drinking lifestyle of the author, the take home message certainly struck a chord and made me think about my own alcohol intake. The information about the the level of alcohol advertising was ceratinly an eye opener. Everyone should read this book.





Made me look at my own drinking habits

Melbourne AU


I'm glad I bought this book!


The book can be kept as a reference book - re-read when needed. It is an encouragement to help people stop drinking alcohol, insightful for young people but also readers of any age.



Require reading for binge drinkers


Great read. Useful tips

Melbourne AU


multiple layers of importance


this book provides a balance between a personal story about giving up alcohol for a year and its cultural and commercial influence in our communities




4.2 6


'A beautifully written book, immensely readable from start to finish, as profound as it is honest. Jill Stark spares nobody, least of all herself, as she weaves an account of her journeys with and from alcohol into discussion of broader issues around the role of alcohol in our society. While a deeply personal story, the lessons for society and decision-makers are there for all to see... This should be on any reading lists for health professionals and students: it will teach them more than any number of textbooks.' - Professor Mike Daube, Director, McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth.

ISBN: 9781922070227
ISBN-10: 192207022X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 30th January 2013
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.7  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1