Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol
Ann Dowsett Johnston
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In Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, award-winning journalist Anne Dowsett Johnston combines in-depth research with her own personal story of recovery, and delivers a groundbreaking examination of a shocking yet little recognized epidemic threatening society today: the precipitous rise in risky drinking among women and girls.
With the feminist revolution, women have closed the gender gap in their professional and educational lives. They have also achieved equality with men in more troubling areas as well. In the U.S. alone, the rates of alcohol abuse among women have skyrocketed in the past decade. DUIs, “drunkorexia” (choosing to limit eating to consume greater quantities of alcohol), and health problems connected to drinking are all rising—a problem exacerbated by the alcohol industry itself.
Battling for women’s dollars and leisure time, corporations have developed marketing strategies and products targeted exclusively to women. Equally alarming is a recent CDC report showing a sharp rise in binge drinking, putting women and girls at further risk.
As she brilliantly weaves in-depth research, interviews with leading researchers, and the moving story of her own struggle with alcohol abuse, Johnston illuminates this startling epidemic, dissecting the psychological, social, and industry factors that have contributed to its rise, and exploring its long-lasting impact on our society and individual lives.
http://www.nchip.org/. 104 “I’d screen everybody for high-risk drinking”: Interview with Michael Fleming, 2012. CHAPTER 7: SEARCHING FOR THE OFF BUTTON 107 “The central question isn’t ‘What’s wrong with this woman?’”: Interview with Nancy Poole, October 2010. 107 childhood sexual abuse or adult abuse histories: Nancy Poole and Lorraine Greaves, eds., Becoming Trauma Informed (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 2012). 107 majority of young people . . . in the Youth Addiction and
Scout. “I very consciously got pregnant again—I didn’t want my son to be an only child.” But after her daughter was born, “it was clear that the marriage was going wrong. My husband was an active addict. I wanted to connect with him. It started with an innocent glass of champagne. I remember being at an event and someone said, ‘Come on! Have one glass of champagne!’ I had one glass. Then one glass of wine. Then I decided to drink only wine. Soon I was blacking out on a regular basis. And this
went. He would do things that even little kids knew not to do—jump in puddles near laundry. All the clothes were marked by mud. It didn’t extend to doing extremely dangerous things—he wasn’t a darter into traffic—but he didn’t have a sense of caution. He used to fly into rages and rants.” She called him “Tornado Andrew.” Today he is enrolled in a music production course at community college—an extraordinary success story for someone born with FAS. He’s living on his own. He’s not in jail. Still,
own soundtrack: that summer, it was Keith Jarrett’s introspective Köln Concert wafting over pink-streaked granite, keeping us company as we drank cranberry juice and soda with our meals. Jake’s precious mother had just died a difficult death. When Jarrett felt too haunting, Jake would toss in a little Frank or Van to keep the tone romantic. “I’m making love to you with my playlist,” he’d call out from his computer, and I’d be enveloped, newly sober, in a fresh cocoon of sound. But for the rest
doing the most harm in our society. Unless we start seeing leadership on alcohol policy, our life expectancy will decrease. We should move on taxes, on pricing, on advertising, on the general availability of alcohol.” What is public policy? At its very essence, it’s a simple equation: evidence plus values plus politics equals policy. We have solid evidence that widespread risky drinking is costly. We also have solid evidence that key policy levers will influence this picture: upping price,