Wasted by Elspeth Muir
After Elspeth Muir’s youngest brother Alexander drowned after drunkenly jumping off the Storey Bridge in Brisbane, the writer was forced to question the role alcohol had in his death. Wasted combines creative writing and journalism to explore Australia’s drinking culture, while reflecting on Muir’s own relationship with alcohol. Our drinking culture is so engrained, we often forget how excessive drinking can lead to negative outcomes. Instead of a lecture on the dangers, Muir tackles the drinking debate with balance and humility.