Free public talk looks at women and alcohol

Award-winning journalist and best-selling author at UVic March 4

It’s a troubling trend: women are catching up with men in terms of alcohol consumption despite strong evidence that alcohol is much more dangerous to women’s health. The University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research of B.C. (CARBC) presents a free public talk on March 4 by Ann Dowsett Johnston, an award-winning journalist and author of the bestseller Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol.

Johnston explores the role of marketing, campus culture and socio-economic pressures that influence the way women drink. Her aim is to jumpstart a national dialogue on this public health issue. A panel discussion will follow.

“Women and Alcohol: Breaking the Silence” with Ann Dowsett Johnston will be held Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. in Room 150 of the Medical Sciences Building at the University of Victoria.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome.