Women and Alcohol

Social Perspectives

Edited by Patsy Staddon

Women and Alcohol

Edited by Patsy Staddon

Distributed for Bristol University Press

224 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781447318897 Published August 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447318880 Published August 2015 For sale in North and South America only
This book presents a comprehensive look at the social meaning of women’s alcohol use, building a rich social and environmental context through which the contributors can challenge current policy and practice in the field. Raising concerns about the political role of alcohol abuse treatment in policing women’s behavior, it aims to develop a new approach to women’s drinking and new ways of aiding recovery at national and local levels.
Introduction ~ Patsy Staddon

Part One: The social construction of women’s alcohol use
The context for a social model of alcohol use ~ Peter Beresford
Alcohol and moral regulation in historical context ~ Rachel McErlain
Normalisation of hedonism? Challenging convergence culture through ethnographic studies of alcohol consumption by young adults - a feminist exploration ~ Shane Blackman, Laura Doherty and Robert McPherson
Alcohol, young women’s culture and gender hierarchies ~ Alison Mackiewicz
Domestic abuse and women’s use of alcohol ~ Sarah Galvani, with Christine Toft

Part Two: Different women, different perspectives
Older women and alcohol ~ Marian Barnes and Lizzie Ward
The silences in our dance: Black Caribbean women and alcohol (mis)use ~ Laura Serrant
A drink in my hand: why 'putting down the glass' may be too simple a solution for lesbian women ~ Lyndsey Moon and Patsy Staddon
Been there, seen that, done it! An auto-ethnographic narrative account of alcohol use ~ Lyndsey Moon

Part Three: A social approach to women's alcohol treatment
The right 'space' for women: effective treatment in primary care for women’s dependent and problematic alcohol consumption ~ Jeff Fernandez
Responding to women’s alcohol problems through adult community learning provision ~ Lydia Lewis
What alcohol support women say they need: evidence from service user-led research and practice ~ Patsy Staddon
The social model in alcohol treatment services: the impact for women ~ Daisy Bogg, with Terry Bogg

Conclusion ~ Patsy Staddon
Review Quotes
Thomas Thurnell-Read, Coventry University, UK
“A necessary exploration of the centrality of gender to the contested politics of alcohol mis(use). The diverse contributions expertly critique the stigmatisation of female drinkers across media and policy discourses and medical practice interventions.”
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