drinkAnne Dowsett Johnston is the author of a new book entitled Drink that explores the relationship between women and alcohol. In a recent interview, Johnston said, “‘We look at red wine like it’s dark chocolate, … We know the downsides of the tanning bed and trans fats, but not the downside of our favorite drug.’

Johnston, 60, herself in recovery, is experienced in both journalism and academics and brings both those skills to bear on her contention that women are increasingly being drawn into addiction.

Unlike men, Johnston claims, who tend to drink most in social settings, women more often ‘uncork the bottle at home,’ says Ms Johnston, in order to self-medicate their anxiety and depression.

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