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Happy Hours Alcohol in a Woman's Life

Jersild, Devon *AUTHOR SIGNED*

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ISBN 10: 0060192682 / ISBN 13: 9780060192686
Editorial: Cliff Street Books, New York, NY, 2001
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Título: Happy Hours Alcohol in a Woman's Life

Editorial: Cliff Street Books, New York, NY

Año de publicación: 2001

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: As New

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author

Edición: First Edition.

Tipo de libro: Book

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Alcohol is the drug of choice among American women. An astonishing 4 million women meet the diagnostic criteria for abuse or dependence. Yet until recently, alcoholism-like heart disease-was considered a man's problem. Research, prevention, and treatment efforts were aimed at men. The few studies on women that existed focused on the effects of alcohol on children and families.

Mixing cutting-edge research with moving stories of women who struggled with alcohol problems, Happy Hours challenges our assumptions and expands our awareness of the role alcohol plays in women's lives.

Women metabolize alcohol differently from men, more quickly developing such physical complications as liver disease, high blood pressure, and hepatitis. A female alcoholic is likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, which may not go away even if she stops drinking. Commonly, her alcohol abuse is comb combined with the abuse of other drugs. She is at high risk for suicide.

She must also bear the rage leveled at women who don't live up to certain standards of femininity. She is seen as a bad mother, a disgraceful daughter, a shameful wife. Unfairly regarded as sexually "loose' " she is actually more vulnerable to assault. Indeed, when a woman drinks, she is five times more likely to be raped.

One stunning fact says it all: Female alcoholics are twice as likely to die as male alcoholics in the same age group--even as male alcoholics die at three times the rate of men in the general population.

Devon Jersild tells the stories of women who fell into a dizzying maze yet moved forward into recovery. Her book began as a journey of understanding when her alcoholic sister edged closer to death. Jersild consulted climclans, doctors, psychologists, and researchers 'in the field of alcohol studies. What she found is sometimes shocking but always inspiring. Elegantly written and compelling, Happy Hours is an important look at the lifelong effects of alcoholism on a woman's health and well-being.

About the Author:

Devon Jersild's essays and stories have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, USA Today, Redbook, and Glamour. She won an O.Henry Award in 1991. She has taught courses in women's studies and creative writing at Middlebury College and is administrative director of the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference.

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