Women under the Influence

Women under the Influence

by National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University
     
 

This comprehensive and accessible book documents the physical and emotional effects of substance abuse in girls and women, explores the role of the advertising and entertainment industries in popularizing various substances of abuse, and discusses the way America responds to this enormous health problem. Along with technical analysis and research results, it

Overview

This comprehensive and accessible book documents the physical and emotional effects of substance abuse in girls and women, explores the role of the advertising and entertainment industries in popularizing various substances of abuse, and discusses the way America responds to this enormous health problem. Along with technical analysis and research results, it includes testimonies from recovering women such as actress Jamie Lee Curtis and former Texas Governor Ann Richards.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This first book by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse draws on more than ten years of research to illustrate how girls and women can become addicted to drugs and alcohol at faster rates than boys and men. Chapters on topics like smoking, alcohol, and prescription and illicit drugs contain eyeopening information on their negative effects on women's physical and mental health and on the history of these products and how advertising glamorizes them. The final two chapters offer practical suggestions for preventing substance abuse, e.g., tailoring treatment programs for women to take into account issues like child care and custody. Including extensive notes and an appendix of mostly organizational web sites that deal with the topics presented, this is an excellent starting point for patrons researching the topic, as it examines substance abuse in women of all ages. Recommended for academic, health sciences, and public libraries.-Rebecca Raszewski, Drexel Univ. Lib., Philadelphia Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Choice

This readable and useful treatise wil be a valuable resource on substance abuse for readers in a variety of disciplines.

Southern Review of Books

The first of its kind and the product of 10 years of research.

New England Journal of Medicine

Thoughtfully examines the myriad factors that enhance vulnerability to substance-abuse problems across the life span and the unique challenges of life-stage transitions in women.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801882272
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2005
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Read an Excerpt

"Alcoholism is a slow, insidious, difficult, and progressive problem... I'm really happy that my family and friends intervened because I was personally miserable during the time that I was drinking."—Governor Ann Richards, recovering alcoholic

What People are saying about this

Betty Ford

This book reveals the unique characteristics of girls and women with drug and alcohol problems. It will greatly enhance the ability of doctors and counselors to help women of all ages and walks of life.

Louis W. Sullivan

This book should be in every health professional's office in America. It will help doctors, nurses, dentists, psychologists and substance abuse treatment providers better serve women with substance abuse problems.

Nancy Reagan

Women under the Influence belongs in the personal library of every parent with a daughter, everyone with a sister, mother or grandmother and every husband. With this book, women will better understand the substance abuse risks they face at each stage of life.

Meet the Author

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University was founded in 1992 by Joseph A. Califano, Jr., who served as President Lyndon Johnson's chief assistant for domestic affairs and as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Jimmy Carter. CASA is a research and policy organization dedicated to combating substance abuse, bringing together the professional disciplines necessary to study and combat abuse of all substances—alcohol, tobacco, and illegal, prescription, and performance-enhancing drugs—in all sectors of society.

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