Women under the Influence / Edition 1

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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.

Covering a broad range of substances—nicotine, alcohol, prescription and illicit drugs—the book addresses the unique reasons that girls and women smoke and abuse alcohol and drugs. It provides the most current information about the use of prescription and club drugs, key warning signs of addiction, and options for prevention and treatment. The book includes historical anecdotes and testimonies from recovering women.

Incorporating more than a decade of extensive research, Women under the Influence will help women, health care professionals, educators, and policy makers understand the scope of substance abuse in girls and women, the urgency of responding to the problem, the key points of intervention, and potential roads to recovery.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews


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


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.

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801882289
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 881,494
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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"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

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Pathways to substance abuse among girls and women 1
Ch. 2 Women and smoking 18
Ch. 3 Women and alcohol 45
Ch. 4 Women and prescription and illicit drugs 73
Ch. 5 Pregnancy and substance abuse 103
Ch. 6 Getting over the influence 131
Ch. 7 Prevention and policy opportunities across the life span 164
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