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Invisible Alcoholics

Women and Alcohol Abuse

By (author) Marian Sandmaier
Format: Hardback
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe, New York, United States
Imprint: McGraw-Hill Inc.,US
Published: 31st Aug 1980
Dimensions: w 160mm h 250mm
ISBN-10: 0070546606
ISBN-13: 9780070546608
Barcode No: 9780070546608

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"Invisible" because the epithet "unladylike" drives female alcoholics into the closet. This interesting, if slightly claustrophobic, study is almost too meticulous in tying women's alcohol and alcohol-treatment problems to the limitations of their social role: women drink, it is alleged, to deal with the conflicts between their acceptable nurturing side and their "masculine" power drives; the former stifles, the latter breeds guilt. Marian Sandmaier, a former director of the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol Information, asserts that fully one-third the nation's ten million problem drinkers are women; previous estimates reflect women's reluctance to step forward, plus male biases in surveys. To make a point, Sandmaier occasionally minimizes men's struggles with alcoholism and magnifies the "psychic strain of the particularly harsh stigma attached to female alcoholism." This intensified stigma is said to result partly from the mythical equation of drinking with promiscuous behavior. But if the portrait of the downtrodden female drunk is occasionally overdrawn, there are at least some lively side issues ripe for analysis: the perils of male medical treatment, which prescribes for "acceptable" depression, ignores signs of alcoholism, and often fosters cross-addiction; the question of whether the stereotypical hidden-alcoholic housewife is really preponderant (according to Sandmaier, she is "less than half as likely to have alcohol problems as either working women or unemployed women"). Eleven representatives of the 50 recovered alcoholics interviewed - housewives, teenagers, minorities, lesbians, habitues of skid row - flesh out the story. (Kirkus Reviews)