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High Sobriety: my year without booze Kindle Edition
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"A sobering, and distinctly inspiring, glimpse of what Australia might look like without a hangover...Stark writes with honesty and unnerving clarity. Over its pages, the reader gradually comes to understand not just that Aussies don't like to give up the drink, but that we don't like it when our mates do, either."
"I loved the hell out of it"
"I was completely engaged...Her approach is fresh and funny, artlessly open, and most importantly, accessible. She's not interested in preaching to the masses but rather is on a mission to decipher her own complicated feelings...It is this candidness that makes her book so enjoyable." Book of the Week
"High Sobriety is a book so thought-provoking that it may well do for drinking what Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals did for eating meat...This honest and well-researched account makes it easy--even imperative--for a reader to consider her own drinking life."
"An important book"
--ABC's The Book Show
"A genuinely thought-provoking read with something worth contemplating for everyone" Four-and-a-half Stars
"In High Sobriety, Ms Stark takes the reader on a journey that opens her eyes to herself, finding without alcohol, she was forced to examine her emotions, motivations and confidence with a raw, unforgiving clarity."
--Krysten Manuel, Albury-Wodonga News Weekly
"A fun, fresh look at one woman's battle to commiserate, celebrate, relax and party without the help of one of the last legal recreational drugs...Jill Stark is a cool sober chick and it's a joy to go along for the dry ride"
--Leila McKinnon, Australian Women's Weekly
"Insightful, funny, challenging and interesting...I highly recommend this for a book club. It's a subject that would get people talking."
"Stark is wise in how she tells her story...I had a eureka moment with this book."
"Why does drinking and getting drunk underpin every personal and professional activity from cradle to grave? Stark tells her story with courage, honesty, and humour, while making an important contribution to the debate about alcohol's place in society." Four Stars
"A brave and lively memoir...Stark writes powerfully, and with absorbing and intricate detail, about her alcohol-free odyssey...[she is] a feisty, richly talented writer."
--Ross Fitzgerald, Canberra Times
"Courageous, extremely honest, reflective and funny...Punctuated by professional insights and interesting commentary on how we view alcohol as a nation, this is a book that covers off on all the aspects of addiction and binge drinking. It provides real insight into the factors behind, and consequences of, Australians' worryingly high levels of alcohol consumption."
--Chris Tanti, CEO of headspace
"We all have something to gain from reading this book ... Jill describes this year where her "outer and inner worlds" collide in intimate detail, with total honesty and with courage."
--John Rogerson, CEO of the Australian Drug Foundation
"The misguided assumption that heavy drinking embodies our heritage, the near-insanity of a sporting industry financially supported by alcohol brands, and the hard-drinking reporters of the 1970s and 1980s are covered ably...but the peak insights in these pages are personal. Stark questions booze culture of her old and new homelands, Scotland and Australia, and finds herself wanting. She also takes a raw, honest look at the role alcohol has played in her love life."
"Jill Stark certainly believed in immersing herself in her work...Stark stuck with her sobriety plan, concluding "I know now that alcohol does not define me""
--Martin Stevenson, Daily Advertiser, Launceston Examiner
"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
"If the line for a signed copy is anything to go by then Stark will have a hit on her hands."
--Rebecca Cook, InPress, review of the launch
"It's not an all out straight-edge revolution by any means, nor is it the Gen-Y revitalisation of the temperance movement, but High Sobriety was clearly commissioned at an opportune time, as attitudes are beginning to shift...The final message appeals to my carpe diem desires; I don't want to waste the day getting wasted."
"Stark made me think about the cultural role of alcohol, and the things we take for granted that are actually a bit messed up."
--Little Girl With a Big Pen
"This book should be a game-changer...its contents are powerful enough to change someone's life for the better."
--North Melbourne Books
"A wonderful and disarmingly honest insight into the personal, societal and global challenges that handling our booze presents to us. An essential read for anyone interested in alcohol--whether you think it is the divine elixir or the demon drink. But it can be read without moderation. The new Bridget Jones."
--Rob Moodie, Professor of Public Health at the School of Population Health, University of Melbourne
"What gives this book resonance is Stark's ability to balance a serious agenda, backed by her interviews, statistics and the inside information to which a health reporter has access, with a personal narrative that is equally earnest in its intent but lighter in its execution...High Sobriety is an entertaining and informative read about one woman's year of online dating, family reunions and beer gardens without a drink, and her account of the nation's attitude towards the thing she denies herself."
--The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald
"It's hard not to recommend this book: from teenagers experimenting with their first taste to those who've been imbibing for decades, many will find Stark's story illuminating, touching, and memorable."
"An important and timely conversation starter"
--The Big Issue
"This is a very entertaining book about facing every day without a hangover and the pressures and traditions that drinkers face today."
"A thirsty Scot's attempt to stay off the sauce for a year"
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- ASIN : B00B4MDUEG
- Publisher : Scribe (4 February 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 468 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 314 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 79,627 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Jill Stark has written a book that I believe is a " MUST READ" not only for Australians but for any Country or Society in which alcohol is a consumed and deemed as a "normal" part of life. Stark has written this book in such a way that people of all races, religions, countries and socioeconomics can relate to it.
I have not touched a drop of alcohol for 15 yrs now. NOT because I had a problem with alcohol but because I originally stopped when I was on a health kick. I then realised I didn't miss it at all....It seemed that other people had a problem and the problem was they missed me drinking. I went through very similar experiences as Jill.
I have never judged people's choices when it comes to what people do whether it's alcohol or even smoking a joint. My husband drinks occasionally which I have no issue with. What astounded me was I was being judged for not drinking...rumours began that I must have had a drinking problem...I also don't think being Aboriginal helped...I became the "blackfella" that doesn't drink.
The fact is that on my father's side of the family alcoholism has been rife for generations...my father is a "whitefella" who came over to Australia as a child with his family as a "10 pound Pom". What Irony!
The point is in Multicultural Australia, we do have a huge drinking problem as a nation but also many other countries do. We need to remember that although alcohol is legal it does not mean that it it's necessarily safe. Some of the biggest traumas that have happened in my life have been alcohol related such as two of my closest friends (both aged 22) dying from a drunk driver running a red light. Another example my sister aged 14 at the time was hit by a drink driver as she crossed the pedestrian crossing on the way home from school. Her pelvis was broken in 4 places, she also had a fractured femur and tibia. I could continue with other incidents but I think you get the picture.
As a mother of teenage boys it does concern me as I am sure it does other parents. Australia's culture desperately needs to change it's attitudes towards alcohol. I believe that we as parent's need to set the example and to teach our kids to respect alcohol.
Next time you put that glass of alcohol to your lips, just for a moment think about who you are influencing, if it's possible you may need to drive later, are you making someone feel uncomfortable because that person no longer drinks? Does it make YOU feel more comfortable about your drinking, if you have someone else drinking with you? If so why?
These are some of the questions AND answers that came to me whilst reading this book.
Thank you Jill Stark for the reality check not just for me but also for Australia.
Top reviews from other countries
Sarah Hepola's "blackout" is a funnier read and rather more dramatic, whereas carolinne knapp's "drinking: a love story" beautifully describes the darker thoughts and feelings alcoholics experience. High Sobriety fitted neatly between the 2 for me, as an interesting, amusing read, and is certainly the only book of the 3 I would recommend to someone who doesn't consider themselves to have a drinking problem.
It's be a long time since I had a book that I already don't want to finish.
The author provided fact and experience to show the dangers associated with drinking. Organized by month, Stark explains how sober living is not only good for health but also interesting and fun.