What’s the first thing many women do when they go home? Make
a dash for the white wine in the refrigerator.
In Her Best-Kept
Secret, journalist Gabrielle Glaser uncovers this hidden-in-plain-sight
drinking epidemic—but doesn’t cause you to recoil in alarm. She is the first to
document that American women are drinking more often than ever and in ever-larger quantities. And she is the first to show that contrary to the impression
fostered by reality shows and Gossip Girl,
young women alone are not driving these statistics—their moms and grandmothers
are, too. But Glaser doesn’t wag a finger. Instead, in a funny and tender
voice, Glaser looks at the roots of the problem, explores the strange history
of women and alcohol in America, drills into the emerging and counterintuitive
science about that relationship, and asks: Are women really getting the help
they need? Is it possible to come back from beyond the sipping point and
develop a healthy relationship with the bottle?
Glaser reveals that, for many women, joining Alcoholics
Anonymous is not the answer—it is part of the problem. She shows that as
scientists and health professionals learn more about women’s particular
reactions to alcohol, they are coming up with new and more effective approaches
to excessive drinking. In that sense, Glaser offers modern solutions to a very
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