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Her Best-Kept Secret: Why Women Drink-And How They Can Regain Control Hardcover – July 2, 2013
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“Glaser has written an engaging account of women and drink, citing fascinating studies about modern stressors…and evidence that some problem drinkers can learn moderation….Bound to stir controversy.” (People)
“Glaser approaches [her topic] with investigative rigor and thoughtful analysis.” (Boston Globe)
"That so many American women stand at the edge of a liquid cliff is a surprising and scary problem that Gabrielle Glaser illuminates powerfully. For those who have a loved one standing there, you will find hope here." (Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning coauthor of the national bestseller Half the Sky)
“With humor, thoughtfulness and skillful research, Glaser paints a picture of mature female drinking today. You’ll see yourself or your friends on almost every page.” (Parents.com)
“A well-researched look into the differences between how men and women drink, what their motivations are for drinking, and how they should cope with drinking problems.” (Jezebel.com)
“Her Best-Kept Secret reveals the existence of an epidemic with profound implications for women and their loved ones. This compassionate yet authoritative book explains why millions of ordinary women are turning to alcohol to handle the strains of daily life—and what they can do about it.” (Hilda Hutcherson, MD, bestselling author of What Your Mother Never Told You About S-e-x)
“An important addition to feminist literature that calls upon women to reject a spurious equality ‘whose consequences in broken families, broken hearts, and broken futures, are all too real’ and face up to the problem of alcohol dependency before it takes over their lives.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Insightful and provocative.” (Publishers Weekly)
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I fit into the 'women on wine' category. I have 2 kids, great husband, great career, hobbies etc. and had progressed in my drinking to resemble the kitchen drinking description in this book. Having a family who believed in AA, I always thought drinking was all or nothing. All I heard my whole life is that people with alcohol problems are powerless over it. That is why Ms. Glaser's in depth look into AA is so valuable. It is empowering to learn that there are multiple resources with great research based methods to help people reduce their alcohol consumption.
This book is is a God send and must read for anyone who drinks more that 2 glasses of wine in the evenings and over indulges on occasion and has the slightest concern that she has a problem, but hasn't admitted it to anyone, perhaps not even herself. It is also a must for women who drink a lot more than that too.
I personally think EVERY woman would find this an interesting and valuable read. The history of alcohol in America is interesting and enlightening on its own. But, most importantly I believe this book has the power to save lives. It will certainly enrich them.
At first when I started reading the book I’d roll my eyes at different points the author made but then found myself enchanted by the historical effects drinking has made on our country and men and women as a whole. Ms. Glaser gives an in-depth look at drinking as far back as the 19th century to present. Her research is top notch and her interviews with professionals on the subject surprisingly interesting.
For example, I live in sunny California, the home to some of the world’s greatest wine. My hometown itself is home to Gallo. Technically, it shouldn’t have been surprising that in California alone, between 1994 and 2009 the number of women arrested for drunk driving went from 10.6 percent of all drivers to 21.2 percent, but it was surprising. This is double what the rest of the states experienced. Made me wonder if it was because wine was so damned good in California or if was because of a bigger problem? Both are definitely possibe.Read more ›
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A welcome and necessary book that brings hope, sanity and clarity to those who drink too much. Also a clear look at legitimate research and a rebuke to shoddy research done in... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Victor Thorson
Author backs up her assertion that women were sold alcohol just like the big tobacco companies sold cigarettes. Well researched and written. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ActionvsMotion
way to much statistical information and lack of helpful information. Going in to the history of women drinking alcohol was not useful at all.Published 3 months ago
Awful book. Although Glaser has some interesting facts about the context in which the culture of "wine at playdates" has its roots, but her silly analogies ("the place... Read morePublished 5 months ago by DJM
A good start. definitely more books need to be written about women and our relationship with drink. the marketing history part was well researched, but in terms of her 'best kept... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marie
Amazing that she chooses to BASH AA on NPR in order to promote her book. Save your money.....Published 7 months ago by kschulthess
My expectations were high for a new and/or novel treatment approach. Nothing innovative. The treatment principles described have been used in most respected treatment programs... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Frank J.
I am going to begin this review by saying that I am using a pseudonym, as I wish to stay anonymous. Over 20 years ago I was molested by several men in the DC area AA group known as... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mary Ceto