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Women and Alcohol in Social Context

Mother’s Ruin Revisited


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Jan Waterson
    Pages 1-23
  3. Jan Waterson
    Pages 24-45
  4. Jan Waterson
    Pages 46-67
  5. Jan Waterson
    Pages 68-84
  6. Jan Waterson
    Pages 85-104
  7. Jan Waterson
    Pages 105-125
  8. Jan Waterson
    Pages 126-144
  9. Jan Waterson
    Pages 145-165
  10. Jan Waterson
    Pages 166-183
  11. Jan Waterson
    Pages 184-198
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 199-223

About this book


Drinking alcohol can be immensely pleasurable and life-enhancing. On the other hand, it can be associated with danger and risk. This book explores some of the implications of this dichotomy, which creates many policy and practice dilemmas, by a detailed exploration of the place of drinking in women's lives. Interviews and case-studies show women's drinking practices to be constructive and autonomous responses to the social and material contexts of their lives.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social Policy and Social WorkUniversity of BirminghamUK

About the authors

JAN WATERSON is a Lecturer in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of Birmingham. She has a practice background in social work and the health service.

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