It’s Different for Girls

benchgirlHave you ever seen this photo accompanying an article about women and drinking?ย  The ubiquitous #benchgirl photographic image from 2008 gets a mention in this excellent presentation (the back story being that whenever this image appears in the media accompanying a new story about alcohol, researchers take to Twitter with the hashtag benchgirl as it has become so well known!)

This was a webinar entitled ‘It’s different for girls’ presented by Soberistas and featuring Dr Sally Marlow a research scientist from King’s College London.ย  Dr Marlow is also featured in the excellent documentary film A Royal Hangover.

Within this 50 minute presentation Sally discusses:

  • Perceptions about women and alcohol
  • The truth about women and drinking
  • Differences between men and women when it comes to alcohol – biological, including the telescope effect;ย  psychological, including the self-medication hypothesis and social.
  • Stigma, shame and barriers to getting help
  • The abstinence violation effect (which I discussed here)

It is an excellent discussion, very informative and I highly recommend ๐Ÿ™‚

Please do share your thoughts and comments below!

6 thoughts on “It’s Different for Girls

  1. I have just read this post and watched the web seminar with Sally Marlow. I would like to thank you, I love your website and it is enormously helpful. On a personal note I am struggling to deal with my psychological attitude because there is a lot about men and drinking and increasingly about woman with children and drinking. I am a woman without children and for a long time no partner (also Im in that older age range (59)). Do you have any suggestions for resources that might help. I don’t feel as if I deserve any help but ???? Please don’t feel you need to respond-I just feel maybe there are others like me and maybe we are worth something, and could contribute.

    1. Hi WobblyBird ๐Ÿ™‚ Firstly thank you for your kind words about my blog! As for resources there are some listed on this blog post http://ahangoverfreelife.com/2014/11/24/alcohol-older-people/ Particularly this new initiative that started a year ago ‘This report coincides with a new initiative being launched in the UK with flagship work taking place in Glasgow, Sheffield, Devon, South Wales and Northern Ireland. This is to help tackle the issue of drinking in later life and the Big Lottery Fund is investing ยฃ25 million into this alcohol-related harm prevention and awareness programme for the over fifties, called โ€˜Drink Wise, Age Wellโ€™, in partnership with support charity Addaction. Read more here: ยฃ25M to help over-fifties enjoy booze without the blues.’ You absolutely deserve help and have a great deal to contribute and maybe you could help with this new initiative? I would drop Addaction an email and see if it has been rolled out to where you live ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Thank you so much for your reply – I will check out addaction. I am trying to start again with not drinking but it gets so boring with multiple attempts (to others at least) but also am feeling very humiliated and worthless (this is not all because of drinking) which I guess is an ageing thing partly! so once again thank you.
        PS I am in London where I think in a strange way the problems are brushed under the carpet – maybe there is room for a London initiative.

      2. You’re welcome ๐Ÿ™‚ If you would like support with stopping I’m running my next How to Quit workshop in London at the end of January. Many former attendees are ladies in their 50’s so you would fit in perfectly. Plus it’s run in collaboration with Club Soda and they have an active community in London so maybe think about joining some of their non-drinking focused social events to provide additional support? Laura who runs Club Soda is fab. Drinking wore down my self-esteem and confidence too so I understand.

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