Ann Dowsett Johnston
- Title: Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol
- Author: Ann Dowsett Johnston
- ISBN: 9780062241795
- Page: 146
- Format: Hardcover
Combining in depth research with her own personal story of recovery, an award winning journalist delivers a groundbreaking examination of a shocking yet little recognized epidemic threatening society today the precipitous rise in risky drinking among women and girlsWhile the feminist revolution has allowed women to close the gender gap professionally and educationally, itCombining in depth research with her own personal story of recovery, an award winning journalist delivers a groundbreaking examination of a shocking yet little recognized epidemic threatening society today the precipitous rise in risky drinking among women and girlsWhile the feminist revolution has allowed women to close the gender gap professionally and educationally, it has also witnessed a disturbing rise in equality in troubling areas of life 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 on the rise, especially among younger women 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.Anne Dowsett Johnston illuminates this startling epidemic, dissects the psychological, social, and industry factors that have contributed to its rise, and explores its long lasting impact on our society and individual lives, including her own In Drink, she brilliantly weaves in depth research, interviews with leading researchers, and the moving story of her own struggle with alcohol abuse The result is an unprecedented and bold inquiry that is both informative and shocking.
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One might think that,atthispoint, I would be inured to the charms of non-fiction subtitling: Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol has the appealing air of an in-depth sociological examination. As someone living in a predominantly female neighborhood in Manhattan—renowned for its air of “safety” over “excitement”—I was curious to find some rationale behind the observably more frequent clusters of women stumbling around on late Thursday, Friday, and Saturday eveni [...]
I was expecting a slightly different book than what it actually was; I was hoping for a statistic heavy book analyzing and noting trends in marketing alcohol, alcohol related disease, sociological trends in drinking in women, and analysis of drinking culture in general. Instead, the book was mostly a vessel for personal memoirs of the author and her own experiences and struggles with alcoholism. I think it was a simply a case of mis-marketing. At any rate, as it stands, it is probably a much mor [...]
Meh. Lots to talk about and think about. Sort of like an extended magazine article.
I picked this one up randomly at the local 2nd hand shop - as they say, "the more you know". I'd read about it when it first came out and knew it was mildly controversial. Well, having read the whole thing in a relatively short burst of time, I can say that any controversy around it is superficial because this is a poorly written book. Authoritative or deserved of debate it is not.Mainly a memoir masquerading as investigative journalism, Johnston spends a great deal of the book telling her story [...]
This may not have been the best book I've ever read as far as writing and the story go. However, the message really impacted me and has changed the way I look at alcohol. I have always loved having a drink but never really considered why that was so. Was it purely for fun? To relieve stress or social anxiety? As a crutch to mask something deeper? Or because advertising told me I should? It also made me particularly aware of how my behavior may influence my daughter down the road and what message [...]
Drink was floating around on FB on a list of books for women to read. Although the relationship between women and alcohol is not something I've thought much about specifically, I decided to see if I could borrow the book from the library--I'm glad I did. Written by a female journalist recovering alcoholic, it is a mix of memoir, interviews, and research-based statistics. Reading the book has enlightened me about the increase of alcohol use in young women, the marketing of alcohol in our country, [...]
It is the sort of book that you REALLY, REALLY want to give to the women in your life, whether it be SOs or friends or family members, but you dont because of the fear of offending them. ALL women should be reading this book, regardless of whatever their relationship with alcohol may be.
This is hardly the book it purports to be; this is not a researched study into the causes and implications of drinking among women but instead a weepy memoir of a woman who would still be drinking unless her boyfriend hadn't left her. I almost think this was a public plea to whomever poor "Jake" was to come back to her - "I've changed!"Johnston threw statistics in toward the end but never really explored them to my satisfaction. Instead, she rehashed a lot of what Caroline Knapp did in her book, [...]
Ann Dowsett Johnston, a recovering alcoholic, veers between reporting and memoir as she untangles the messy realities behind women’s rising rate of alcohol abuse and why it is so much more dangerous for them than for men. A past editor of Maclean’s magazine in Canada and former vice principal at McGill University, Johnston alarms us, one searing fact at a time. There are moments in “Drink” when the parade of alcoholic women seems endless. So many sad stories. So many alcohol-fueled ways [...]
The reason I borrowed this book was fairly simple. It was a Friday night and I was stuck at work with no hope of leaving soon. To take a quick break I checked out my library’s “new to the library” ebook section and when I saw the title Drink while wishing I could leave my office and have one, it seemed serendipitous. However, after realising the subtitle was “The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol”, I wished my motivation had been a bit more intellectual and a bit less abo [...]
This was interesting and contained a lot of important information. However, the way it kind of meandered between addressing actual addiction and addressing alcohol "dependency" (for stress reduction and the like) made it feel unfocused. I do believe there are people out there who use alcohol unwisely but are not addicted, but I think their stories should have been better separated from the stories of addiction. Mostly, though, I was just depressed to hear there are women who binge drink because [...]
3.5 Johnston combines personal experience (her own, and that of many others) with sociology, medical science, and psychology in a book that asks us to examine the phenomenon of alcohol use and abuse in Western society. Drink is an eye-opener. I wish all young people were required to read it.
Read my full review: bit/1dHiSaSMy opinion: I thoroughly enjoyed this book on female addictions and feel it is an incredibly important topic. I would disagree with the author's premise that female addiction is on the rise. Although, I do feel that abusive drinking, such as binge drinking, particularly among young women, are definitely on the rise. I think the social acceptance of addressing one's addiction has become more socially acceptable. Female addicts have always been present, but always k [...]
This was a difficult book to read. I had not realized just how much the culture had shifted toward drinking to excess among women, but this book makes it very clear. In a perversion of feminism, alcohol companies have marketed strong alcoholic beverages to young women, and even young mothers based on a message that drinking a lot is simply a part of being a modern woman. As a consequence, alcoholism rates among women, especially educated women have been increasing, with all the attendant problem [...]
As many women strive to be equal to men in every way, they have also embraced alcohol and often try to drink the same way men do. Ann Johnston shows in Drink though, that where alcohol is concerned, men and women were not created equally. Our bodies and brains do not process alcohol in the same way. We do not drink the same way and we certainly do not drink for the same reasons. Johnston also discusses the unique social pressures that are leading women to drink more today than ever before as wel [...]
A glass of red wine at dinner is my panecea; the knots unfold and the odds even out. Dang Johnston for making me think twice about it. Aside from that, Johnston combines research about alcoholism with her own personal journey with drink. She finds at the core of women's alcoholism is the need to be perfect. How well this resonates. I found her description of female university student drinking very disturbing. The peer pressure to deliberately drink themselves blotto even before the evening start [...]
I really enjoyed how this book hovered between frank memoir and an examination of the role of contemporary female drinkers. A great deal to think about and an area of examination that would be wise for most people but will make some too uncomfortable to continue.
Read for bookclub. This made for a really great discussion and I'm glad I read it, although some things didn't work for me. The book is about 2/3 addiction memoir, 1/3 broader analysis, although the title implies it's mostly the latter. The chapters focusing on the author's story were compelling, as were the stories of many of her interviewees. It would be easy to end up with the impression that AA is the only approach to dealing with alcohol addiction, though (a bit dismissive of harm reduction [...]
it's the kind of book plenty of people would benefit from reading, but it was heavy in personal memoir and interviews and very light on specific facts, trends, or even advice. it was also told in a fairly haphazard episodic way. it feels like a first draft that needs reorganized and more data driven research included.
I heard an interview with the author on NPR, and bought the book immediately. Even though it arrived immediately, it has sat on my bookcase for a month or so, with various other untouched books. Once I picked it up, I read it in a single sitting. It's a beautiful book, all in all. Ann balanced her own story, the stories of others, the science, and questions of our culture; engaging and educational all at once. It was interesting reading this book directly after Lean In, and I purchased Can't Buy [...]
Chasing wine with vodka. Keeping up with the guys. Making bad sexual decisions. Waking up with a pounding headache. The modern woman.Ann Dowsett Johnston - sometime editor at Maclean's and vice-president of McGill - has opened up about her own alcoholism to tell an important story about the bad ways in which women are gaining equality. And while in popular imagination the drunken woman is enjoying a two-four outside a mobile home, the reality is that high-powered women executives are quaffing th [...]
An excellent journalistic and personal look at the relationship between women and alcohol and the rise of drinking among women. Explores the marketing and cultural forces that are making women more prone to drinking. The author, a recovering alcoholic, also delves into her personal history and interviews dozens of women about their drinking. This is a very candid and important book filled with interesting and frightening stats. One of the things that I found notable was the discussion of FASD an [...]
There was a time not so long ago that I worried I was drinking too much, and in an unhealthy way. I remember having the thought, "I can't become an alcoholic, because that means I'll have to stop drinking, and I love it too much." Strangely enough, that thought helped me rein it in. I made two rules that I still stick to: I don't drink because I'm unhappy, and I don't get drunk when I'm alone.It's really not a problem anymore, though, because of one major factor: I left the job that made me hide [...]
Some chapters seemed to bounce around but overall was very informative. The personal accounts were heart-wrenching and inspiring. This book definitely opens the dialogue on the culture of drinking, addiction, depression, anixety, and other subjects that shouldn't be taboo but sadly are.
"I know that I have recovered my true self. That's the greatest gift of sobriety, the journey inward. Endlessly challenging and profound. More often than not, I feel at peace in my own skin."This. So this.
I found this book interesting and informative. Made me wish I had more time to really research alcohol and its effects on women. Definitely worth reading. I found the explanation of our "alcogenic" culture very intriguing. And frightening.
A powerful and alarming book. It's not as eloquent as Caroline Knapp's Drinking: A Love Story, but it's as disturbing, maybe more so as it deals with the rise in alcohol-related problems in young women as well the author's own struggle with it.
An eye opening look at the intentional marketing towards women young and old by the alcohol industry and the messages it sends us about alcohol.
If you do not know anything about how alcohol can be life threatening on a college campus or how it can be a health hazard or relationship killer, then this book may give you some information you never heard or experienced in your life. If however you already are painfully aware that alcohol is marketed to females like never before and drinking to get drunk is the norm at college and continues after college for many women to their detriment, then it could just be frustrating at best and despairi [...]
This was a very informative book for any woman who has ever struggled with alcohol abuse or has experienced personal or familial substance addiction. "Well over 80% of alcohol abusers are not alcohol-dependent." I clung to the individual stories. Each was fascinating and wrought with anguish, grief, and subsequently triumph. I was shocked to find out that, as a woman, alcohol abuse puts you at a greater risk for premature death than smoking does. Binge drinking (anything more than 3 drinks in on [...]
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