Why Alcohol Abuse Among Women Is On The Rise

Why Alcohol Abuse Among Women Is On The Rise

Closing the gender gap in alcohol abuse: DUIs, "drunkorexia" and health problems are growing along with increased marketing to the female market. An award-winning journalist offers her personal story of alcoholism and a plea for tougher social policies.

Excessive drinking is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States. It is responsible for roughly 23,000 deaths of American girls and women each year. Alcoholism is a more serious risk for early mortality than smoking, and it is more than twice as deadly for women than for men. Those statistics come from a new book by award-winning journalist Ann Dowsett Johnston. She takes an in-depth look at the psychological, social and workplace factors contributing to the growing problem of alcohol abuse among women. Johnston joins Diane to discuss the effects of alcohol addiction on her own life and society as a whole.


Ann Dowsett Johnston

an award-winning journalist and former editor at Maclean's magazine and vice-principal at McGill University.

A Statement From The Distilled Spirits Council

Ms. Johnston’s statement suggesting that college binge drinking rates have been increasing for years is not supported by government data. The most recent data from two of the federal government’s leading longitudinal surveys, Monitoring the Future and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, both report declines over the past decade in college binge drinking.

Read An Excerpt

Excerpted from "Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol" by Ann Dowsett Johnston. Copyright © 2013 by Ann Dowsett Johnston. With permission of the publisher, HarperWave.

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