Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol

Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol

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by Ann Dowsett Johnston
     
 

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One of the Washington Post's Ten Best Books of 2013

More than twenty-three thousand women die from heavy drinking in the United States each year. Incidents of binge drinking and so-called drunkorexia are on the rise, contributing to an exponential increase in the number of health conditions and cancers among women.

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One of the Washington Post's Ten Best Books of 2013

More than twenty-three thousand women die from heavy drinking in the United States each year. Incidents of binge drinking and so-called drunkorexia are on the rise, contributing to an exponential increase in the number of health conditions and cancers among women.

Combining in-depth research with her own personal story of recovery, the award-winning journalist Ann Dowsett Johnston tells of maintaining her high-powered career as a vice principal of McGill University while wrestling with the demon that defeated her own mother: alcohol addiction. After a very private exit from her professional life, Dowsett Johnston went to rehab; now sober, she has dedicated her career to examining the relationship between women and high-risk drinking.

In Drink, Dowsett Johnston dissects the psychological, social, and workplace factors that contribute to this crisis, and explores its far-reaching effect on both society at large and individual lives. Comprehensive and emotionally compelling, Drink is a brave and powerful story, beautifully told, and an important investigation into an epidemic that we can no longer afford to ignore.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
“wallop of a book… full of riveting candor…Johnston brings the weight of her journalism and academic experience to build a convincing case that women are increasingly succumbing to the dark side of alcohol”
Susan Cheever
“A powerful and important book about the increase in alcoholism and binge-drinking among women, and about our willful blindness to the damages of drinking in our culture.”
Susan Juby
“In this comprehensively researched and insightful book, Ann Dowsett Johnston chronicles her own destructive dance with alcohol, her recovery and explores disturbing trends in contemporary women’s relationship to alcohol. A crucially important book for anyone interested in women’s health and addiction issues.”
Gabor Maté M.D.
“Drink is a gift to women, to parents, and to all who want to understand the experience of alcoholism. The writing is gripping and vivid, the voice personal, the research exacting, the stories revealing if sometimes heartbreaking, the conclusions essential. A triumphant life, a triumphant book.”
Margaret Trudeau
“A game-changing look at one of our culture’s hidden problems . . . honest, brave and inspirational.”
Library Journal
Along with huge strides in education, employment, and basic rights, women worldwide are experiencing strides of another, less fortunate sort: risky drink that has increased to epidemic proportions. Five-time National Magazine Award winner Dowsett Johnston offers the facts while also disclosing her own struggle with alcohol. With a 40,000-copy first printing.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
Award-winning Canadian journalist Johnston expands on her 14-part Toronto Star series on women and alcohol. "Has alcohol become the modern woman's steroid, enabling her to do the heavy lifting necessary in an endlessly complex world?" asks the author. Coming of age in the 1970s, Johnston was part of the first wave of women inspired by Gloria Steinem. As both a devoted mother and an editor at Maclean's, she played her part in closing the gender gap. Like other women of her generation--and to a greater degree, the young women who followed her--she also fell into the trap of using alcohol as a crutch to ease the stress of balancing career and motherhood. She uses her own experience of increasing dependency on drinking to illustrate a broader, worsening trend among young Canadian and American women of out-of-control, binge drinking. "One in five high-school girls binge drinks," writes Johnson. Among women of childbearing age, the number is higher. If they drink while pregnant, they put their babies at risk for fetal alcohol syndrome. Johnston explains how young women are not only vulnerable to sexual abuse when they drink to excess, but they also endanger themselves physiologically (for metabolic and hormonal reasons) when they try to match men drink for drink. In the author's opinion, a misplaced idea of female entitlement is partially responsible, but the alcohol industry also plays a significant role through the marketing of new brands of trendy wines for women with names such as "French Rabbit" and "MommyJuice." There are also "Skinnygirl Cocktails" packaged for the calorie-conscious drinker. Today, Johnston is a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and an advocate on public policy. A compelling sociological study and memoir.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062241801
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/24/2014
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
153,871
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Meet the Author

The winner of five National Magazine Awards, Ann Dowsett Johnston is a writer and editor recognized for her expertise in higher education and alcohol policy. A recipient of the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy and a Southam Fellowship in Journalism, she spent most of her professional career at Maclean's magazine, where she was best known as the chief architect of the university-rankings issue. A graduate of Queen's University and a former vice principal of McGill University, she lives in Toronto.

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Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally, an exceptional inspiration for boomer geezers! Assists with life coaching needs right at your fingertips! Real stories about real people for real life experiences. Thanks so much for this gift of graciousness and meaningful directness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ann brings to light the issue of risky drinking in our culture--from preadolescence to the working mom. At times, I felt the book was all over the place as she moved from one recovering alcoholic's story to college binge drinking back to her own story and with head-whipping speed back to some other issue. Underneath all the whiplash, her points are salient and in the two or so days it took me to read it (definitely a fast read for nonfiction) I began really seeing all the ways alcohol is a lynchpin in my life and those that surround me. It will definitely stay with me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago