Gender Differences in Drinking Behavior and Consequences: A Multidimensional Approach

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(11), 751-753. Wilsnack and Wilsnack's edited volume (see record 1997-30249-000) offers theories that potentially account for such gender differences in alcohol use, misuse, and problems, examining relevant empirical support for each, as well as a discussion of alcohol consumption patterns and consequences that are unique to women. The editors present a series of necessarily highly diverse perspectives on alcohol and gender within 19 well-organized chapters. The chapters are subdivided into six sections: (a) Gender Differences in the Epidemiology of Alcohol Use and Related Problems, (b) Biology and Gender Differences in Alcohol Use and Effects, (c) Life Experiences and Women's and Men's Drinking, (d) Interpersonal Relationships and Women's and Men's Drinking, (e) Social Contexts and Women's and Men's Drinking, and (f) Gender and Social Intervention in Drinking-Related Problems. The book strives to and succeeds in consolidating different theoretical perspectives on alcohol and gender, drawing from an increasing empirical foundation. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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