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Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol

Narrated by: Carrington McDuffie
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
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The new face of risky drinking is female. The problem: a global epidemic of bingeing. The solution: a brave new approach to female recovery.

Eight years ago, Ann Dowsett Johnston was an award-winning journalist and vice-principal of McGill University. In private, she was wrestling the demon that had undone her own mother; the same demon increasing numbers of women are now battling across the world: alcohol.

Aware of her growing dependency, Ann began to document her experiences with drink - the rules she set, and inevitably broke.

The diary told a story that was not hers alone. From the 17-year-old heart attack victim to the mother of a child with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, women have bravely shared their own journeys through addiction, creating an alarming composite of the female face of dangerous drinking.In this startlingly honest book Ann Dowsett Johnson reveals why the relationship between women and alcohol has spiralled out of control.

Showing how women can escape from this destructive affair, ‘Drink' is essential reading for any woman who thinks she has a problem, and for those who care about her.

©2013 Ann Dowsett Johnston (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • Kirsten
  • 03-09-15

Cheesy but ok.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It is pretty typical American cheese.

The author lost me when she seemed to think having a third glass of wine was the crime of the century. It is not clear how/why she ended up in rehab if this was all she drank.

She skips back and forth between pre- and post- giving up drinking so the train of her journey is not clear. She also randomly intersperses stories from other women.

She talks far too much about her childhood, relationships and child and it is not clear most of the time how these relate to her alleged alcoholism.

On the plus side, she talks intelligently about Scotland and even manages to recognise England & Wales is a separate jurisdiction.

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  • dianalewis
  • 06-27-19

One of the most important books I will ever read

It’s inconvenient to hear that the way women today drink is dangerous for them, society and future generations. This book could not have come into my life at a more important time. It is not ok how much society accepts the middle class addiction to alcohol, and downplays its consequences. This book gives me clear reasons to stop (I’m a light drinker, not anywhere close to having an addiction but that’s not the point). We spend exceptional amounts on yoga, meditation, retreats, self help books. Do yourself a favour and buy this book. Particularly if you are a high performing, high achieving, financially well off professional woman. Thanks Ann for having the strength to write about such a taboo subject.