Her Best-Kept Secret: Why Women Drink?And How They Can Regain Control

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What’s the first thing many women do when they go home? Make a dash for the white wine in the refrigerator.

In Her Best-Kept
Secret
, journalist Gabrielle Glaser uncovers this hidden-in-plain-sight drinking epidemic—but doesn’t cause you to recoil in alarm. She is the first to document that American women are drinking more often than ever and in ever larger quantities. And she is the first to show that contrary...

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Overview

What’s the first thing many women do when they go home? Make a dash for the white wine in the refrigerator.

In Her Best-Kept
Secret
, journalist Gabrielle Glaser uncovers this hidden-in-plain-sight drinking epidemic—but doesn’t cause you to recoil in alarm. She is the first to document that American women are drinking more often than ever and in ever larger quantities. And she is the first to show that contrary to the impression fostered by reality shows and Gossip Girl,
young women alone are not 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 really getting the help they need? Is it possible to come back 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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781482953909
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,280,986
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gabrielle Glaser is the author of Strangers to the
Tribe
and The Nose, as well as a journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Mademoiselle, the Economist,
Glamour, the
Washington Post
, and Health, among other publications.

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater and screen actor as well as a popular audiobook narrator. Holding a BFA in theater and an MFA in acting, she is the artistic director of a youth theater program in Washington, DC, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    After having worked with families for more than twenty years in

    After having worked with families for more than twenty years in the area of substance abuse, this book comes none too soon as a breath of fresh air.
    It is well researched well-balanced and posits questions as well as solutions. Does not pander to what the bulk of the "treatment industry" would like to have us believe.
    Superbly written, intellectually stimulating. A must-read from anyone touched by this predicament to those in the field, to both men and women with the ability to decide for themselves what road they would like to follow.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Finally, a writer who is willing to report reality, not AA rants

    Finally, a writer who is willing to report reality, not AA rants and mythology. And she traces the sordid history of wine sales in particular but also the evolving culture of women's alcohol abuse and their systematic exploitation by AA and treatment industry. Happoly she also explores some of the aspects of what actually works in fully recovering from alcohol abuse and how a few evidence based practices achieve excellent outcomes (as opposed to 12 Step based programs which, of course, have the same 3%-5% "success" rate that AA has). In short, informative, historically accurate, and a helpful guide to anyone, men as well as women, who want to end the misuse of alcohol without a loss of dignity, privacy, reputation, or scarce resources.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Great read -- especially for any woman that abuses alcohol.

    I am 28 years old and I suffer from alcohol abuse. I have known for years that my drinking could be troublesome and at times it has been. I have sat in AA meetings and didn't feel like it was the right fit for me and have worked with various counselors to treat depression and alcohol abuse. The two go hand-in-hand.

    I drink, feel good then feel depressed and wake up feeling worse about myself. I work all day, take care of child and want to drink at night to unwind and feel good again. But I don't want to feel so depressed...but the alcohol has a funny way of tricking us (women in particular). Especially if you are genetically prone to addiction, which I think I am.

    It was refreshing and VERY interesting to read about the marketing tactics that have taken place just over the last 40 years to lure women into drinking more.

    This book explores the marketing, research and discusses alcohol and the way it affects women. I could relate to it, I didn't feel as alone and I feel more empowered by all of the information I found in this. I am still seeing a therapists, but I am working on changing my habits and developing healthier habits to deal with stress, instead of turning to alcohol. And I am working on developing a plan that works for me -- not feeling obligated to follow the abstinence train or AA.

    If you are concerned about your drinking and want to learn more about women and drinking -- I highly recommend this book. It's a fast read, captivating and definitely holds your attention. The author did her research and prevents the matter in way that is easy to digest. And most importantly -- You start to understand that you are not alone and see some of the reasons behind why women binge drink now more than ever before.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    So alcohol or vaccine autism research? Pick one...

    I was really caught up in the historical analysis regarding women and wine consumption until I read a blurb rant within the text of this book regarding vaccines and autism. At that moment I was just confused and wondering if I needed to dismiss this book altogether. Andrew Wakefield is a controversial figure but his findings have now been repeated and validated by no fewer than three independant researchers. Is there a connection between vaccines and autism? Maybe or maybe not. I am sure, however, that this topic is a completely different subject matter than this presented book and sweeping generalizations should be avoided without more comprehensive research. Perhaps this author should read David Kirby's book...oh the irony of "science".

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    About time someone stood up to revolving door rehab con games, A

    About time someone stood up to revolving door rehab con games, AA predators (male and female alike), and pointed out that choices can be unmade as well as made. History, physiology, actual science - no whiners allowed. What's not to love about this excursion into reality based returns to control, empowerment, and sense? And away from mind destroying cults?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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