Stock Image

Happy Hours: Alcohol in a Woman's Life

Jersild, Devon

54 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0060192682 / ISBN 13: 9780060192686
Published by HarperCollins, New York, 2001
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
From Monroe Street Books (Middlebury, VT, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since December 5, 1997

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 25.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 5.00 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

380 pages, SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page, minor dust jacket edge wear, otherwise, very clean and tight copy. Record # 457763. Bookseller Inventory # 457763

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Happy Hours: Alcohol in a Woman's Life

Publisher: HarperCollins, New York

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

About this title


Alcohol is the drug of choice among American women. An astonishing 4 million women meet the diagnostic criteria for abuse or dependence. Yet until recently, alcoholism-like heart disease-was considered a man's problem. Research, prevention, and treatment efforts were aimed at men. The few studies on women that existed focused on the effects of alcohol on children and families.

Mixing cutting-edge research with moving stories of women who struggled with alcohol problems, Happy Hours challenges our assumptions and expands our awareness of the role alcohol plays in women's lives.

Women metabolize alcohol differently from men, more quickly developing such physical complications as liver disease, high blood pressure, and hepatitis. A female alcoholic is likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, which may not go away even if she stops drinking. Commonly, her alcohol abuse is comb combined with the abuse of other drugs. She is at high risk for suicide.

She must also bear the rage leveled at women who don't live up to certain standards of femininity. She is seen as a bad mother, a disgraceful daughter, a shameful wife. Unfairly regarded as sexually "loose' " she is actually more vulnerable to assault. Indeed, when a woman drinks, she is five times more likely to be raped.

One stunning fact says it all: Female alcoholics are twice as likely to die as male alcoholics in the same age group--even as male alcoholics die at three times the rate of men in the general population.

Devon Jersild tells the stories of women who fell into a dizzying maze yet moved forward into recovery. Her book began as a journey of understanding when her alcoholic sister edged closer to death. Jersild consulted climclans, doctors, psychologists, and researchers 'in the field of alcohol studies. What she found is sometimes shocking but always inspiring. Elegantly written and compelling, Happy Hours is an important look at the lifelong effects of alcoholism on a woman's health and well-being.

About the Author:

Devon Jersild's essays and stories have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, USA Today, Redbook, and Glamour. She won an O.Henry Award in 1991. She has taught courses in women's studies and creative writing at Middlebury College and is administrative director of the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

We have an open shop. Hours are: 9AM to 6PM Monday-Saturday and 11AM to 6 PM Sundays. The shop is located at 1485 Route 7 North, 2 miles north of downtown Middlebury, VT. We are located at Paquette self-storage across from Euclide Quenell Farm (It's Vermont!) and have over 150,000 books. Some have said we're the best used book store in the State and Book Lover's Guide has listed us as a "must see." So if you're out our way, please stop in.(When weather VERY bad, please call ahead. We do close during snow storms, etc.)

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

Monroe Street Books. Owners: Richard and Flanzy Chodkowski. Mailing address: Monroe Street Books, 70 Monroe Street, Middlebury, Vermont 05753 USA. Store Located at: 1485 Route 7 North, Middlebury, Vermont 05753 USA. Phone: 1-802-398-2200 Email:
Books are offered subject to availability. Vermont residents please add 7% sales tax. We accept check, money orders, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover Card. Phone or Email reservations are encouraged. If you reach...

More Information
Shipping Terms:

Books are shipped via United States Postal Service. Shipping is $5 1st bk, $2 each additional. Priority is $8/ 1st bk. International shipping is extra and varies by size, weight and destination country. Oversize +/or overweight will cost more. May be returned within seven days of receipt. (Please call or email ahead.) Payment should accompany all orders. Orders usually ship within 2 business days. Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order Cash PayPal