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.
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A dynamic blend of information & author's story.
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.
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