Drink

Drink

The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol

Book - 2013
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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"--
"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"--
Publisher: New York :, HarperWave,, 2013.
ISBN: 9780062241795
0062241796
Characteristics: 305 pages ; 24 cm

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Winnipeg1
Jul 20, 2014

Brilliant clarity, both in personal stories & considering the real role of alcohol in women's lives. The advertizers are lyong about the glamour, if we can grow up enough to stop kidding ourselves. Highly, highly recommended reading, for young women especially.

ksoles Jan 02, 2014

In her compelling sociological study-meets-memoir, Canadian journalist Johnson expands her "Toronto Star" series on women and alcohol. Coming of age in the 1970s, Johnson played her part in closing the gender gap by acting as both a devoted wife/mother and a career-driven editor at "Maclean's." And, more centrally to her book, she fell into the trap of using alcohol as a crutch to ease the stress of this balancing act.

Johnson uses her own experience of alcoholism to viscerally illustrate a broader, worsening trend among young North American women: out-of-control, binge drinking. One in five high school girls binge drinks, and, among women of childbearing age, the number only increases. Young women who drink to excess not only make themselves vulnerable to sexual abuse; they also endanger themselves physiologically.

According to "Drink," a misplaced idea of female entitlement takes partial blame for this disturbing trend but the alcohol industry also plays its part by marketing trendy cocktails for women with names such as “MommyJuice" and “Skinnygirl." Ultimately, Johnston writes a lucid, gripping account that asks, “has alcohol become the modern woman's steroid, enabling her to do the heavy lifting necessary in an endlessly complex world?”

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