Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women And Alcohol by Ann Dowsett JohnstonDrink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women And Alcohol by Ann Dowsett Johnston

Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women And Alcohol

byAnn Dowsett Johnston

Hardcover | September 24, 2013

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What is behind the rise in alcohol consumption and abuse among women in recent years?

While the feminist revolution has allowed women to close the gender gap professionally and educationally, it has also witnessed a disturbing rise in equality in more troubling areas of life. In most of the developed world, the rates of binge drinking among women have skyrocketed in the past decade. DUIs, “drunkorexia” and health conditions connected to alcohol abuse are all on the rise, especially among younger women—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, including Girls’ Night Out, MommyJuice and Mommy’s Time Out wines, berry-flavoured vodkas and fruit coolers.

Award-winning journalist Ann Dowsett Johnston illuminates this startling epidemic, dissects the psychological, social and financial factors that have contributed to its rise, and explores its long-lasting impact on our society and individual lives, including her own. In Drink, she interweaves in-depth research and interviews with leading researchers with the moving story of her own struggle with alcohol, as well as those of many other women aged seventeen to seventy. The result is an unprecedented and bold inquiry that is both informative and shocking.

Winner of five National Magazine Awards, a Southam Fellowship and the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, ANN DOWSETT JOHNSTON is a gifted writer, editor and public speaker. A respected advocate in public policy matters, she has a distinguished track record in shaping abroad variety of dynamic publications. She was editor of the Macl...
Title:Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women And AlcoholFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inPublished:September 24, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:144341879X

ISBN - 13:9781443418799

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! This was a nice blend between the author's personal story and a look at the broader social context influencing how and why women drink. While she doesn't get into the nitty gritty details of some of her experiences I respect that. It took a lot of guts for her to share this with the world but I am glad that she did!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changer A truly fantastic exploration of women and alcohol use. I have recommended this to all of my contacts!
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Like a glass of chilled chardonnay, I did enjoy reading this and do believe this was a labour of love. What it lacked for me was the raw and real grip of the addiction between women and alcohol. I almost felt this was a love letter to Jake. It was a nice read and did call to action the need to address the connection with women, advertising and drinking. I am left searching for that real alcoholic mom to come forward and admit she drinks all day long while still meeting every mark. Not interested in the "oh I had three glasses of wine on a MONDAY" memoir. She paved the way for an open discussion and for this I am thankful.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol Ann Dowsett Johnston’s book, Drink - The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, is a literary tour de force, meant to both dispel misconceptions as well as clarify attitudes concerning alcohol abuse, specifically in women. The noted reviewer, Connie Schultz, suggests that Johnston’s book … "is meant to alarm us, one searing fact at a time.” For me, Johnston’s work is personally poignant, as I am a woman who has been to many of the same precarious places that she has. In like fashion, I write through the lens of a woman in long term recovery from alcoholism, as a mother of three adult children, and as Director of the Orchard Recovery Center. Every person who works in the field of addiction needs to read this book. And if you are not in recovery yourself, and have ever wondered what it feels like to have alcohol slowly wreak havoc with your soul, you will find Johnston’s work extremely informative, revealing the aftermath, the shame, the wishful thinking, the seductive memories, the feelings of profound loss inflicted by alcohol abuse. Understanding the power of alcohol and its devastating effects is the first step in summoning the intense courage it takes to subdue it. Johnston provides this first step, crafting a beautifully written memoir, woven with facts and research about the drinking culture of young women today. The firsthand accounts in the chapter titled, “ Binge” will strike home, forcing wide-eyed, heart-pounding realizations, over and over again, that this is a terrifying reality for many young women today. Her work inspires our entire country to sit up and take notice, especially of one of the most negative influences affecting the mental and physical health of our society. Ann Johnston is incredibly enlightening — another among us in recovery who provides leadership! 
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changer Very insightful about why women drink. All mothers of daughters should read this as young women are drinking more and binge drinking is on the rise.
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