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.
©2013 Ann Dowsett Johnston (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
Listening keeps me reading. Listen while cleaning. Listen while doing the dishes. Listen eating breakfast.
This might have been a better book to read --lots to chew on, put down and come back to.
I enjoyed the way the author told her story and also included relevant statistics about how drinking affects and is perceived in society/culture. She dawned light on myths and a belief system that just trips over itself again and again.
MacDuffle told the story well--her voice matched the severity of drinking when that was portrayed, but sometimes it seemed forced with the male characters or emotional dialogue.
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Great read & information regarding addiction, recovery, and the role our society plays in it. The author bravely faces her addiction and is honest about recovery's challenges.
I didn't learn anything from this book. So repetitive. Trauma causes drinking said over 100 ways. Wouldn't really help most women drinkers I know as I believe boredom and lack of time to oneself drive drinking in many mothers.
I enjoyed listening to Drink and thought the coverage of this incredibly important and scary phenomenon was thoughtful and thorough. The time leaps, when the author using her personal experience to contextualize the topic, threw me at times. I couldn't keep her journey completely straight. But this was minor. The narratives were well placed and drew the listener in. Glad I listened!
Most of what I read is too serious or too long. I think that the more audiobooks you buy you might haveto admit that some are your favorite
I will keep the printed copy because there are additional parts at the back to refer to. keep in mind that This about how women are reflected and also more is said about upper class wine drinkers who are middle aged. the most inspiring story is a younger alcoholic who managed to stay sober and Ernie's the respect of the older women. the thoughts on what is it like to be sober are what I learned the most from. I only rated 3 stars because it's only the second book about this subject I have read.
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