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Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol Paperback – June 24, 2014
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Veteran journalist Johnston combines her powerful personal story with strong reporting to show that alcohol harms women even more than men. She grew up with a mother who was an alcoholic and a father who became one in retirement, and she wound up in rehab herself. Johnston includes many examples of alcohol wreaking havoc on women’s lives, including a mom driving drunk who crashes and kills her child passengers, and a high-school class president and prom queen who died of alcohol poisoning. Women are more likely than men to binge drink, which increases their risk of breast cancer, heart disease, and sexually transmitted diseases. Johnston convincingly argues that alcohol is the new tobacco, and, as such, needs a similar public-health response. Just as Virginia Slims boosted cigarettes’ appeal to women, products such as Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnygirl Cocktails and Fergie’s low-calorie, fruit-flavored vodka—Voli—make booze seem alluring. Also cause for concern: drunkorexia (also known as drinking without dining) and fetal alcohol syndrome (the leading developmental disorder in the world). A powerful case for drinking water, not wine. --Karen Springen --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“In this comprehensively researched and insightful book, Ann Dowsett Johnston chronicles her own destructive dance with alcohol, her recovery and explores disturbing trends in contemporary women’s relationship to alcohol. A crucially important book for anyone interested in women’s health and addiction issues.” (Susan Juby, author of Nice Recovery)
“Drink is a gift to women, to parents, and to all who want to understand the experience of alcoholism. The writing is gripping and vivid, the voice personal, the research exacting, the stories revealing if sometimes heartbreaking, the conclusions essential. A triumphant life, a triumphant book.” (Gabor Maté M.D., author of In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction)
“A game-changing look at one of our culture’s hidden problems . . . honest, brave and inspirational.” (Margaret Trudeau, author of Changing My Mind)
“A powerful and important book about the increase in alcoholism and binge-drinking among women, and about our willful blindness to the damages of drinking in our culture.” (Susan Cheever, author of My Name Is Bill: Bill Wilson-His Life, and the Creation of Alcoholics Anonymous)
“wallop of a book… full of riveting candor…Johnston brings the weight of her journalism and academic experience to build a convincing case that women are increasingly succumbing to the dark side of alcohol” (Washington Post)
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Another good book *Drinking: A Love Story* by Caroline Knapp also covers the unusual problems faced by women drinkers.
It is a great reference book for those of us interested in alcohol abuse among women and provides some pretty thought provoking information on how women are a target marketing group for advertising firms.
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.Found this quite inspiring. As a" non alcoholic ",having 3-4 glasses daily had been my habit for quite a long time.Read more