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Publisher's Summary

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

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Much needed woman's recovery story

It began a little slowly for me, but after the first couple of chapters, I was more into it. Very good story. I thought I would be bored with all the medical facts, but the interviews with various people in the field were some of the best gems. I have listened to the last chapter more than once. Encouraging.

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Excellent message

What made the experience of listening to Drink the most enjoyable?

This was a fabulous book recommended by The Huffington Post as a great read of 2016. I loved it... and it empowered me to quit drinking. I am grateful I stumbled upon it!

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eye-opener ♡

it was so great to hear from a strong successful woman about her addiction. I feel it certainly helps remove a bit of the stigma of alcohol addiction and addiction in general. Great read!

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Loved it.

Vould not put this one down. A very eye opening story. A great read for everyone.

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A dynamic blend of information & author's story.

Would you consider the audio edition of Drink to be better than the print version?

This might have been a better book to read --lots to chew on, put down and come back to.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Did Carrington MacDuffie do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

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.

If you could give Drink a new subtitle, what would it be?

Drink: An Intellectual's Story of Facing Her Demons and Tracking Those That Exist in American Culture

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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.

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Super tedious and repetitive

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.

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Engaging

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!

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Not a counterpoint to Malcolm Gladwell as cover suggests

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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  • Renae
  • 09-15-15

Loved This Book !

I loved this book. Please listen. Very informative and reassuring. A pleasure to listen to. Congrats also to Carrington MacDuffie 💖