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

Paperback | June 24, 2014

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“A game-changing look at one of our culture’s hidden problems. . . . Honest, brave and inspirational.” — Margaret Trudeau

Over the past few decades, the feminist revolution has had enormous ramifications. Women outnumber their male counterparts in postsecondary education in most of the developed world and are about to do the same in the workplace. But what has not been fully documented or explored is that while women have gained equality in many arenas, they have also begun to close the gender gap on risky drinking. Binge drinking among women is on the rise, contributing exponentially to a wide array of health issues—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. Girls’ Night Out wines, MommyJuice and Mommy’s Time Out, and berry-flavoured vodkas and fruit coolers are all aimed at the female consumer.

Award-winning journalist Ann Dowsett Johnston illuminates this startling trend; 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 the bestselling 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, from age seventeen to seventy. The result is an unprecedented and bold inquiry that is both informative and shocking.

ANN DOWSETT JOHNSTON, winner of five gold National Magazine Awards, is a gifted writer, editor and public speaker. A respected advocate in public policy matters, she has a distinguished track record in shaping a broad variety of dynamic publications. Recipient of a Southam Fellowship in Journalism and the Atkinson Fellowship in Public ...
Title:Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and AlcoholFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:June 24, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Be an alcoholic until you make it, then stop? I found that the message in this book felt confusing. The author interviewed many alcoholic women for this book. What struck me (as rather odd...) though, was how many of these women were successful owning their own businesses and having sucessful careers. The one that stays in my mind is her friend that was an alcoholic, sold her company, stopped drinking, bought a Ferrari and now travels the world. There were about 4-5 examples like her. So... what are you saying? Use alcohol as fuel to get ahead in life, then, when you're done with it, just quit and everything will be fine? This is the message that stayed with me at the end of this book. Also... this woman apparently had a breadown because her boyfriend dumped her? Good idea, with some exploration of it, but not nearly enough, with a really confusing message: Drink to Make It, then quit when it becomes inconveniant...?
Date published: 2014-10-02
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!
Date published: 2014-07-09
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.
Date published: 2013-11-08

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Drink:"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 Mate M.D., author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction"Candid and well-researched, Ann Dowsett Johnston makes a significant contribution to the important conversation about women and alcohol." - Lauren B. David"A crucially important book for anyone interested in women's health and addiction issues." - Susan Juby