Drinking Like a Guy? Women and Alcohol, Then and Now

I suppose it’s an occupational hazard, but I find myself surprised when I hear women today—many of whom are self-declared feminists—remark that of course female alcoholics are different.  I am brought up short by the straightforward, un-self-conscious way in which this pronouncement is made by friends and colleagues who are social scientists and clinicians.  I cannot listen to the expression of that sentiment without hearing echoes of nineteenth-century physicians and reformers and twentieth-century psychiatrists who made the same claim to quite different ends.

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