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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.


  • Drink_01_Open

    Duration: 12s
  • Drink_02_Author'sNote

    Duration: 30s
  • Drink_03_TheLaughingHeart

    Duration: 43s
  • Drink_04_Prologue

    Duration: 04min
  • Drink_05_Part1Chapter1

    Duration: 29min
  • Drink_06_Chapter2

    Duration: 32min
  • Drink_07_Chapter3

    Duration: 34min
  • Drink_08_Chapter4

    Duration: 31min
  • Drink_09_Chapter5

    Duration: 27min
  • Drink_10_Chapter6

    Duration: 35min
  • Drink_11_Part2Chapter7

    Duration: 32min
  • Drink_12_Chapter8

    Duration: 27min
  • Drink_13_Chapter9

    Duration: 32min
  • Drink_14_Chapter10

    Duration: 27min
  • Drink_15_Chapter11

    Duration: 28min
  • Drink_16_Chapter12

    Duration: 31min
  • Drink_17_Part3Chapter13

    Duration: 29min
  • Drink_18_Chapter14

    Duration: 20min
  • Drink_19_Chapter15

    Duration: 24min
  • Drink_20_Chapter16

    Duration: 34min
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