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Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol - January giveaway

drink_ann_dowsett_johnstonThe new face of risky drinking is female. The problem: a global epidemic of bingeing. The solution: a brave new approach to female recovery.

With the seasonal festivities well and truly over, many of us are looking at our booze intake and opting to take part in Dry January.

Eight years ago, Ann Dowsett Johnston was an award-winning journalist and vice-principal of McGill University. In private, she was wrestling the demon that had undone her own mother; the same demon increasing numbers of women are now battling across the world: alcohol.

The new reality: binge drinking is increasing among young adults – and women are largely responsible for this trend. The alcohol industry, well aware of this reality, is now battling for women's attention.

In her intimate and startlingly honest book, Johnston uses in-depth research as well as her own story of personal recovery, to highlight the impact this shocking epidemic has on society as well as individual lives. Ann has gathered stories from women all over the globe, particularly the UK, where more women than ever before are being diagnosed with illnesses related to abuse of alcohol.

A brave and important investigation into the relationship between women and alcohol, Johnston bravely tackles a subject that few people seem willing to talk about. Drink is an essential read for any woman who thinks she has a problem, and for those who care and want to help. 

The five-point test

Last year, Ann wrote a guest blog for Mumsnet detailing her relationship with alcohol, as well as offering the five signs you might be a problem drinker. Read the blog and take the test here.


ann_dowsett_johnstonAbout the author

Ann Dowsett Johnston is a writer, editor and public speaker. She has won five Canadian National Magazine Awards, a Southam Fellowship and the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy (2011). Most recently, as Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy, she wrote an 11 part series on Women and Alcohol for The Toronto Star. Ann grew up in northern Ontario, rural South Africa and Toronto. She is a graduate of Queen's University, and currently lives in Toronto. Follow Ann on Twitter @anndowsettj 


Harper Collins has 50 copies of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol to give to Mumsnetters - to claim yours please fill in your details below. We'll post on the thread when all the copies have gone. If you're not lucky enough to bag one of the free books, you can always get your paperback or kindle version

If you get a free copy, we do expect you to come and and tell us what you think. So please discuss the book throughout the month and post a question to author Ann Dowsett Johnston for our Q&A. 

This giveaway is now closed. 


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