Lunchbox/Soapbox: Jill Stark: High Sobriety: My Year Without Booze

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. (Or read the transcript!)

Who?

Portrait of Jill Stark

Jill Stark

Jill Stark is an award-winning journalist and author with a career spanning 18 years in both the UK and Australian media. She spent a decade on staff at the Age, covering health and social affairs as a senior writer and columnist, and now works as a media consultant and freelance writer contributing to ABC Online, SBS Digital and the Saturday Paper.

Her first book, High Sobriety: My Year Without Booze is a bestselling memoir that was longlisted in the Walkley Book of the Year Awards and shortlisted in the Kibble Literary Awards. Her second book will be published in 2018.

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