Friday, July 12, 2013

Tipsy or Hammered?

There is a very interesting article in USA Today that looks at the language men and women use to describe their drinking--and language used to describe the drinking done by men or women. I think this is fascinating as it may be part of the broader denial by women and part of the cultural denial that continues around whether a woman is an alcoholic versus just "drinking too much".

We cannot think without language and we make decisions--personal, cultural and political--from our thinking, so how we shift definitions of disease (addiction) based on gender is pretty important. Language can limit or delay access to treatment or getting help and it makes a difference in how younger women may think about their drinking.

Here is the article:

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