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Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol

by Ann Dowsett Johnston

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In Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, award-winning journalist Anne Dowsett Johnston combines in-depth research with her own personal story of recovery, and delivers a groundbreaking examination of a shocking yet little recognized epidemic threatening society today: the precipitous rise in risky drinking among women and girls.

With the feminist revolution, women have closed the gender gap in their professional and educational lives. They have also achieved equality with men in more troubling areas as well. In the U.S. alone, the rates of alcohol abuse among women have skyrocketed in the past decade. DUIs, “drunkorexia” (choosing to limit eating to consume greater quantities of alcohol), and health problems connected to drinking are all rising—a problem exacerbated by the alcohol industry itself.

Battling for women’s dollars and leisure time, corporations have developed marketing strategies and products targeted exclusively to women. Equally alarming is a recent CDC report showing a sharp rise in binge drinking, putting women and girls at further risk.

As she brilliantly weaves in-depth research, interviews with leading researchers, and the moving story of her own struggle with alcohol abuse, Johnston illuminates this startling epidemic, dissecting the psychological, social, and industry factors that have contributed to its rise, and exploring its long-lasting impact on our society and individual lives.
  BurnFundLib | Jan 28, 2016 |
Thins is a book which should be read by every woman, even if you don't think you have a problem with alcohol. You may know someone who does and this book would be very helpful to them.I quit drinking almost three years ago because I thought I was turning into a drunk. Although I did not go through the pain and suffering that the author did, I'm really glad that I quit. The book is the author's journey to recovery. Along the way she provides a great deal of information about what's going on today with women and alcohol. A number of things that I learned are that women are drinking more now than ever before; if you have a good job and the finances to do so, you will drink more; drinking is often caused by a trauma in your past; recovery is painful and will likely be followed by depression; binge drinking is on the increase with younger drinkers; young women are trying to keep,up,with their male counterparts and are bingeing, are often sexually assaulted and have no memory of the events.
This book is full of the research Into alcoholism and women and how the physical and mental impacts are different than on men. Women feel so much shame because of the disease and it's impact on their loved ones.
The author tells her own story of her mother's alcoholism and how this impacted her family.
The booze business is where tobacco was 40 years ago. The advertising for all alcohol products is very subtle where one is guaranteed a good time if one drinks. Public policy needs to start looking at ways of curving advertising and the availability of alcohol to minors.
I highly recommend this ( )
  MaggieFlo | May 27, 2014 |
I wish the author would have stuck with journalistic reporting. Those parts of the book were very good. Eye-opening and scary at times. However, her recounting of her personal sobriety journey was tiresome. I found it especially difficult to appreciate her soul-searching ramblings that occurred during her lengthy (and costly) meditative retreats when earlier in the book she outlined the incidence of alcoholism and struggles of young, economically disadvantaged women. ( )
  zoomball | May 8, 2014 |
Very well-written and researched book by a prominent woman. ( )
  bogopea | Nov 11, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062241796, Hardcover)

In Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, award-winning journalist Anne Dowsett Johnston combines in-depth research with her own personal story of recovery, and delivers a groundbreaking examination of a shocking yet little recognized epidemic threatening society today: the precipitous rise in risky drinking among women and girls.

With the feminist revolution, women have closed the gender gap in their professional and educational lives. They have also achieved equality with men in more troubling areas as well. In the U.S. alone, the rates of alcohol abuse among women have skyrocketed in the past decade. DUIs, “drunkorexia” (choosing to limit eating to consume greater quantities of alcohol), and health problems connected to drinking are all rising—a problem exacerbated by the alcohol industry itself.

Battling for women’s dollars and leisure time, corporations have developed marketing strategies and products targeted exclusively to women. Equally alarming is a recent CDC report showing a sharp rise in binge drinking, putting women and girls at further risk.

As she brilliantly weaves in-depth research, interviews with leading researchers, and the moving story of her own struggle with alcohol abuse, Johnston illuminates this startling epidemic, dissecting the psychological, social, and industry factors that have contributed to its rise, and exploring its long-lasting impact on our society and individual lives.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:44 -0400)

"An exploration of the rise in alcohol consumption and abuse among women in recent years. Drink covers health risks, marketing, current trends and sociological underpinnings of this new epidemic. The author beautifully weaves reportage with her personal recovery story into a compelling and informative narrative addressing one of the most pressing issues for women today"--… (more)

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