Drink: The Intimate Relationship between Women and Alcohol

Drink: The Intimate Relationship between Women and Alcohol


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  1. David Dinaburg David Dinaburg says:

    One might think that, at this point, 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 observablyfrequent clusters of women stumbling around on late Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings ha One might think that, at this point, 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 observablyfrequent clusters of women stumbling around on late Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings hailing cabs and buying electrolyte replenishing Gatorades than groups of men And while this anecdotal tale is completely irrelevant to any sort of methodical inquiry into the subject of women and alcohol, it is the type of digression that you should brace yourself for if you re planning on picking up Drink.Simply put, the book is a personal journey of the author s alcohol addiction propped up by brief interviews of tangential utility Sometimes interesting facts sneak through Thomas Workman, with the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C., has worked on college drinking issues for years With flavored vodka, the drinking of female college students became much deadlier, he says It is so easily abused I still see quite a number of student deaths and egregious injuries and sexual assaults, ones that don t get publicized Women in adolescence confuse notoriety with popularity The fear of being the girl who will sit alone in her room and not be seen is pervasive Somewhere, our culture has told girls that they need to be recognized invisibility is the enemy We see this scenario over and over We have done a terrible job of helping young women situate themselves socially There is no follow up on the scourge of flavored vodkas, no extended investigation into the topics broached by the subject Simply another in a long line of self contained interviews, chronologically arranged and tied to the autobiography through only a moderate relation of alcohol intake If the next series of interviews posed pointed questions to their subjects about why flavored vodkas were so popular, adding to the thrust of a narrative rather than creating a terse, meandering platform for their subject to unburden their personal histories, the vignettes might have some impact Instead, Drink continues to plow forward, lacking any overall thrust or direction outside of the author s own demons each interview is sealed off from any wider meaning, a delineated beginning and end with no cohesion to a whole The only through thread is the author s own addiction, which means that although there are many brief personal statements from many interview subjects, there is little depth and no connective tissue to women and alcohol outside of the mere fact that the author is, in fact, both an woman and an alcoholic.In classically misleading non fiction subtitling, Drink is not the sociological examination it purports to be but an autobiography one thinly spread across three hundred pages, stuffed with myopic interviews that contain little insight beyond alcohol can be a harmful drug Perhaps My Intimate Relationship with Alcohol would not have had the necessary eye catching impact of The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, but it certainly would have better informed the reader of the actual content of the book they were about to read.That isn t meant to negate the interesting facts that do come through from some of the interviews I wanted to know why are we so oblivious to the effect advertising has on us Ads are so trivial and silly that people feel above them, says Kilbourne And for that reason, they don t pay conscious attention The advertisers love it our radar is not on We re not on guard it gets into our subconscious and affects us very deeply Kilbourne quotes the chairman of an ad agency saying, If you want to get into people s wallets, first get into their lives While this all feels very apocryphal who is the unnamed agency chairman the interviewee is quoting it is at least informative But, like the abdication of any sort of follow up investigation into the subject of flavored vodka, the topics broached in this interview are abruptly dropped in this particular case, all traces of the scorn for targeted lifestyle advertising seems to be not only forgotten but pointedly ignored within four pages by the first interview after the chapter transition A tall girl, with glossy chestnut hair, Nivea skin, and a winsome smile, she pauses and looks away several times before she can begin to talk Describing someone as having Nivea skin is somehow less insidious than, say, a Captain Morgan thirst for adventure because why this is a book about alcohol, not untenable standards of beauty The carelessness keeps the pace brisk, but makes it the whole thing so shallow that it is borderline insulting If you want to prop up a personal odyssey with quotes from others with similar experiences, that s fine but this is not a book about women and alcohol It is about the author and her experiences as an alcoholic This is my single biggest criticism of Drink it feels piecemeal, bumbling onward like it has forgotten its own history after every paragraph, promising one thing while giving you another.Drink doesn t show me statistics or studies that show the unique obstacles women are facing it doesn t even have an index, the functional staple of the academic, non fiction reference tome It hangs its hat on shallow, unsupported quotations, some of which are contain factual inaccuracies At twenty eight, Julia Ritz Toffoli is the founder of Women Who Whiskey, a Manhattan based club people by eighty seven young women between the ages of 26 and 32 Many are recent graduate students of Columbia University, where Ritz Toffoli just earned her master s Now working as a program coordinator with George Soros s Open Society Foundations, Ritz Toffoli loves what she calls New York s speakeasy revival, and considers herself part of a cocktail renaissance The entrance to her favorite bar Please Don t Tell, in Greenwich Village is within a vintage phone booth in a hot dog store Unless the stairwell in Crif Dog the obliquely referenced hot dog store is about a mile longer than it feels, or the phone booth takes a page from Narnia and actually whisks the traveler into an allegory of the Christ figure set across town, Please Don t Tell is in the East Village, not the Village If the conceit of a secret speakeasy wasthan just marketing hoopla, maybe I could give this a pass But Google can and will tell you, instantly, where in New York Please Don t Tell hides It s less than a thirty second fact check, so telling the reader it is in Greenwich Village is simply an error of fact Petty or not, it s still wrong, and while you may not notice or care about the distinction unless you ve been there, it is absolutely needless.At least Women Who Whiskey have chosen the less contentious,broadly applicable appellation for their fermented mash of choice the same cannot be said for the author, who does provide some interesting facts about whisky while simultaneously undercutting any attempt at accuracy Scotland has indeed declared its intention to set a minimum price for a standard unit of alcohol at fifty pence a decision backed by the medical profession There was an immediate backlash The policy was challenged by the European Union backed by such wine producing countries as France, Spain, and Italy, the EU said the minimum pricing breaches free trade Moreover, the Scotch Whisky Association and Spirits Europe were granted judicial review of the legislation they have many arguments, including one saying that minimum pricing would damage a valuable export industry Whiskey is Scotland s number one export after oil and gas Not to be pedantic, but there is considerable debate about the whys and wherefores of the internecine whisky e I am surprised that the one time it is unambiguous when referring to mash from Scotland the author has chosen to say that Whiskey is Scotland s number one exportEspecially because the Scotch Whisky Association is cited within the same paragraph Technically, then, the sentence tells the reader that Scotland imports whiskey distilled outside of its sovereign borders and then exports it in amounts so voluminous that it becomes Scotland s number one export after oil and gas More likely, it is an oversight and whisky, not whiskey, was the intention Another niggling error that could have been avoided with thirty seconds worth of Googled fact checking It simply baffles me.One of the format choices I do enjoy are the quotes at the start of each chapter Even this is not without objection, however the quote preceding the beginning of chapter six How do you denormalize getting shitfacedis sourced to University President It makes a great point with strong, attention grabbing words, but if you can t give us a better attribution than University President , maybe it needed to hit the cutting room floor Or get someone willing to accept the attribution to say it during the course of the multiple dozens of interviews The lax detailing, the misleadingly narrow focus of alcoholism, and the disconnected nature of the numerous yet triflingly shallow interviews make this extremely personal tale masquerading as a foray into wider culture issues not worth the time it takes to read


  2. Marissa Marissa says:

    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 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 muchuseful tool for older, corporate, hard working women who have a niggling worry about their own alcohol consumption and will find their eyes opened by the novel For me, it was less helpful and less relatable Certainly not a BAD book, as it was an easy read, but like I said, not quite what I was expecting


  3. Ashley Lehman Ashley Lehman says:

    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 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 messages she s getting from me and society as a whole This book changed my perspective, opened my eyes, and looks like it may have changed my life as well I will probably re read it to catch what I missed as others have mentioned there are a lot of facts data to absorb I found it very thought provoking and would consider it a worthwhile read for ALL women because alcohol is such a big part of our culture that it affects all of us to some degree


  4. Janeschmidt Janeschmidt says:

    I picked this one up randomly at the local 2nd hand shop as they say, theyou 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 st I picked this one up randomly at the local 2nd hand shop as they say, theyou 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, but without giving too much of herself away For a drinking memoir, it wasn t particularly impactful As for the factual part of it, if you are an educated or privileged woman with a strong circle of friends family, a solid career and money, you ll be inspired to explore a path of redemption as outlined in the book Most of Johnston s sobriety narrative completely ignores the grim reality of most alcoholics, particularly women Her persistent remarks about her not being one of them were off putting Further, it s just not written very well There s not nearly enough actual investigation here statistics, citations, etc mainly missing She sticks with the theories of a handful of sociologists, repeats herself ad nauseum about alcohol being glamourized in society, and then loops back to her own tale of woe In all honesty, it just sounds like she went through a bad break up and wanted to use the book to communicate with the guy It felt uncomfortable to read it Also, the whole justification of religion in AA felt tacked on, patronizing and was not in the least convincing.Clearly, I m not recommending this one It wasn t as thought provoking as I d hoped and I didn t learn a heckuva lot


  5. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    Meh Lots to talk about and think about Sort of like an extended magazine article.


  6. L L says:

    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, 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, which felt truer and was clearly better written The majority of Johnston s research consisted of personal anecdotes from various women who were using alcohol as a crutch.Having lived with two alcoholics one recovered, one not at two different times in my life, I began to recognize the tell tale signs self righteousness, condemnation of anyone who can control themselves, and disdain for all alcohol, in any form I want to be clear I do not, in any way, believe alcoholism is a disease I do not believe addiction is a disease I do not believe AA is the end all, be all to save alcoholics And I certainly resented her chapter on embracing spirituality as the only way to achieve control in one s life.She implied several times that essentially, if you re drinking a glass of wine a couple of nights a week you re in the first stage of alcoholism That lasts about 10 15 years and then you become this sick, raging, dependent leech on all alcohol blackouts and physical abuse will occur beware I m really sorry she grew up with an alcoholic mother and all but she doesn t need to condemn everyone who can control their alcohol intake in the name of sanctimony It is sad to see someone not able to control themselves I think the structure of AA works, just like Weight Watchers works continue to go for group therapy often Call for support from others when you need it.Mostly, I m disappointed that she only scratched the surface of what makes women drinking different from men drinking She discussed thoroughly the stigma of women being labeled alcoholic vs men being labeled the same But beyond women don t metabolize alcohol as fast, she said basically nothing Women are drinking , alcohol is being targeted toward women, etc etc She turns her nose up at all studies of a drink being good for you, implying that one will believe and latch onto whatever one wants She s a sad, desperate, maladjusted AA robot.For the record and in case you re curious I ve had exactly three drinks in the past three weeks and I have no desire to have another But when I do get the desire, I will have a drink And that does not make me an alcoholic It makes me a person with a choice I can, and do, control


  7. Julie Ehlers Julie Ehlers says:

    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 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 they associate alcohol with glamour and romance, because they buy into lifestyle marketing, and because they saw women drinking on Sex and the City Clearly there are a lot of people with empty lives out there That so many of them turn to alcohol is reason enough for this book to exist


  8. Michelle Beginandendwithbooks Michelle Beginandendwithbooks says:

    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, 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, the normalization of binge drinking, fetal alcohol syndrome, Alcoholics Anonymous, and the deep connection between trauma, depression, anxiety, and alcoholism There are parts of this book every teenager should read and parts that any woman, identifying as an alcoholic or not, can relate to


  9. Renato Renato says:

    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.


  10. Michelle Michelle says:

    A sometimes frightening look at women and alcohol, particularly scary for me as the mother of two girls who will one day attend college they d better anyway Apparently getting your stomach pumped and blacking out are both badges of honor in college now what the f Terrifying.A very interesting point is made Generally speaking, men drink to party, women to numb Surprising, yet logical, and also sad, particularly when you consider that binge drinking can lead to ever issues sexual assa A sometimes frightening look at women and alcohol, particularly scary for me as the mother of two girls who will one day attend college they d better anyway Apparently getting your stomach pumped and blacking out are both badges of honor in college now what the f Terrifying.A very interesting point is made Generally speaking, men drink to party, women to numb Surprising, yet logical, and also sad, particularly when you consider that binge drinking can lead to ever issues sexual assault, disease, arrest, etc for which someone would feel the need to further numb.The book discusses the introduction of alcopop e.g Mike s Hard Lemonade and other drinks easy to consume and how that s shaped the tenor of drinking, particularly with young women It sor less booze training wheels, if you will I never thought about it that way, but the concept resonated I didn t drink in high school and when I started college I could not deal with the taste of beer So basically I mixed whatever liquor was around with Diet Coke or Diet Dr Pepper original Skinnygirl cocktail but as it was disgusting it was hard to drink too much of it Indeed I had to chase it with Cheetos Which is not to say I didn t drink to excess at times but for me it was certainly about the party aspect and not trying to numb I m glad we didn t have alcopop back in the day too easy to take that down and quickly For me, the most interesting part was focused on when and why young girls start drinking probably because I m a mother She does talk about older women and the supermom concept All these women trying to be perfect, taking on too much, and it s causing them to overdrink Frankly, I have no idea why someone trying to do a lot would drink MORE I have a ton on my plate and when I m at my busiest I skip the wine altogether I need to make the most of every minute and lounging around with a glass of wine is not going to help plus who wants to work out at 5am when you re been drinking the night before Anyway, I am not sure I buy that women s drive to do a lot makes them drinkSome people, surely, but seems counter intuitive I guess it goes back to the numbing thing, this time not something traumatic in one s childhood, but the numbing of stress anxiety.The book got a little long monotonous at the end with the author talking to various people who ve been in AA Perhaps if this hit closer to home it would ve been interesting, but it seemed pointless I did find the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome bit interesting and how if you re black, it s FAS, if you re white it s ADHD or some other learning disability I agree with what the experts say Sure, some minimal amount of alcohol while you re pregnant is fine, but you don t know how much, or in what amount will be okay Which is why I abstained completely I know myself and know that if I had a sip of alcohol at all while pregnant and my children had any sort of issues learning, behavioral, etc I d blame myself no matter how remote the possible link.There s also some discussion about legislation as to how to curb alcohol use but what about treating the problem Granted, that sof a grassroots movement My takeaway is how do I instill enough confidence in my girls that they don t feel the need to numb or fit in


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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Drink: The Intimate Relationship between Women and Alcohol
  • Ann Dowsett Johnston
  • English
  • 02 July 2018
  • 0062241796

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