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 nowadays: the precipitous rise in risky drinking among girls and women.
With the feminist revolution, women have closed the gender gap of their professional and educational lives. They’ve also achieved equality with men in more troubling areas as well. Within the U.S. by myself, the rates of alcohol abuse among women have skyrocketed prior to now decade. DUIs, “drunkorexia” (choosing to limit eating to consume greater quantities of alcohol), and health problems connected to drinking are all rising—an issue 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 latest CDC report showing a sharp rise in binge drinking, putting girls and women 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 affect on our society and individual lives.