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.
Reductive to old school, established AA alligator meetings. Some of us can’t abide 12 steps and this book offers little more than historical context for women’s drinking but had only empty 12 step nonsense to really offer outside the scope of personal failings the author confessed, the interesting part. The statistics and all weren’t a turn off as the push couched as confession but I felt the writer’s recovery to not have been discussed as an independent part of the whole, but cherrypicked for the most compelling moments. It was okay, but didn’t offer anything new to the category of reading.
Started off good then turned into whining and seeing herself as a victim. Not impressed. Seems like the author just wanted to get decent ratings by sensationalizing addiction. This book was without much hope and depressing.
I am new to recovery and this book is so helpful in my journey.