Her Best-Kept Secret: Why Women Drink – and How They Can Regain Control by Gabrielle Glaser
(Simon & Schuster, 2013, 244 pages)
I appreciate my wine and the premise of Her Best-Kept Secret seemed interesting to me. Women respond to alcohol differently than men and it appears that now they’re drinking more than ever. Glaser breaks down the history of drinking among women and then talks about why it seems their alcohol consumption has grown more prevalent. She explains the efforts made by Napa wine growers to market to women – a successful venture since wine is overwhelmingly their drink of choice. Glaser then looks at how women deal with the problem of drinking too much. A lot of time is spent delving in to A. A. While it certainly works for many people, it isn’t necessarily the right choice for a lot of women. We see the history of the organization and see why it isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Other, more scientific, options are introduced and it just makes you think about alcoholism and the idea of drinking too much in a different light.
This didn’t really go in the direction I thought it would, but I appreciated getting the history of drinking in America and I was especially surprised at what I learned about A. A. and other treatment options. Glaser makes a number of good points and her book is well-researched (the notes section at the end was substantial). It was an easy read and I got through it quickly. If you’re interested in this topic and/or the history of A. A. you might enjoy this book.