Women and Alcohol in Social Context

Mother’s Ruin Revisited

  • Jan Waterson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  12. Back Matter
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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

  • Jan Waterson
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  1. 1.Department of Social Policy and Social WorkUniversity of BirminghamUK

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