Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Examining the Relationship Between Women and Drinking

Ann Dowsett Johnston
Credit Ann Dowsett Johnston.com
Sheilah Kast talks with author Ann Dowsett Johnston and Dr. David Jernigan.

Writer and educator Ann Dowsett Johnston grew up with an alcoholic mother. Ann thought liquor was something she’d be able to deal with, and for years she did. It took her years to realize alcohol had become her demon. After she went into recovery, she applied her skills as a journalist, and her experience, to writing Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol.

Ann Dowsett Johnston came to Baltimore over the winter, and she discussed girls, women and drinking at the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While Dowsett Johnston was in town, she and the Center’s director, Dr. David Jernigan, came by the studio.

In this interview with Sheilah Kast, Dowsett Johnston and Dr. Jernigan discuss women's drinking habits and how liquor ads target women.

Web extra: Sheilah asks Ann Dowsett Johnston about pushback to her book, and Dr. Jernigan discusses the differences in the way that women and men metabolize alcohol.