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Publisher Description

For readers of Quit Like a Woman, this “engaging account of women and drink, [cites] fascinating studies about modern stressors…and evidence that some problem drinkers can learn moderation….Bound to stir controversy” (People).

In Her Best-Kept Secret, journalist Gabrielle Glaser uncovers a hidden-in-plain-sight drinking epidemic. Using “investigative rigor and thoughtful analysis” (The Boston Globe), Glaser is the first to document that American women are drinking more often than ever and in ever-larger quantities in this “substantial book, interested in hard facts and nuance rather than hand-wringing” (The New York Times Book Review). She shows that contrary to the impression offered on reality TV, young women alone aren’t driving these statistics—their moms and grandmothers are, too. But Glaser doesn’t wag a finger. Instead, in a funny and tender voice, Glaser looks at the roots of the problem, explores the strange history of women and alcohol in America, drills into the emerging and counterintuitive science about that relationship, and asks: Are women getting the help they need? Is it possible to return from beyond the sipping point and develop a healthy relationship with the bottle?

Glaser reveals that, for many women, joining Alcoholics Anonymous is not the answer—it is part of the problem. She shows that as scientists and health professionals learn more about women’s particular reactions to alcohol, they are coming up with new and more effective approaches to excessive drinking. In that sense, Glaser offers modern solutions to a very modern problem.

Health, Mind & Body
July 2
Simon & Schuster

Customer Reviews

Luvswine ,

Excellent book

Enjoyed this modern viewpoint on women and alcohol. Very eye opening information on general history and AA. I recommended book to several friends.

Scandia ,

Has some cool facts

But did not really offer what I expected it to explain. Was really just a history lesson on alcohol in the US and AA. Then bashing AA- I’m not for or against AA but this was ridiculous. She sounds so biased and recommends a doctor by name in California who prescribes recovering addicts klonopin?? And then basically goes on a rant about how drinking is not that bad. I truly hope nobody who needs help reads this.

Jacqueline How'd ,


I was completely disappointed. Was so not looking for a history lesson (for the entire book) on alcohol. It bashed AA pretty good as well. Not a fan of AA but less of a fan of bashing. I didn't take one thing that I needed or was looking for away from this book.

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