"Alcohol consumption is on the rise, and women are leading the growth, both here and in most of the developing world."

Ann Dowsett-Johnston

Gender Addictions | Trauma Recovery | Women & Alcohol

Winner of five National Magazine Awards, a Southam Fellowship and the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, Ann Dowsett Johnston is a gifted author and public speaker.

A respected advocate in public policy matters, she has a distinguished track record in shaping a broad variety of dynamic publications. As well, she is co-founder and co-chair of the National Roundtable on Girls, Women and Alcohol, a pan-Canadian advocacy group launched in 2013. As a journalist, her most recent work was as the Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy. She wrote a 14-part series on Women and Alcohol, appearing in The Toronto Star.

Ann Dowsett Johnston’s authority comes from a place of experience. She was a high-profile senior journalist with Canada’s major newsweekly, an award-winning journalist, and popular on the speaking circuit. She seemed to have it all when she was named vice-principal of McGill University. In private, the high-functioning professional knew she was wrestling with a demon that had undone her own mother: a growing drinking problem.

Ann grew up in northern Ontario, rural South Africa and Toronto. A graduate of Queen’s University, she lives in Toronto. Ann has extensive experience as a professional speaker. She also has experienced her own triumph of overcoming addiction which is how she has turned Women and addiction into her passion. She can provide personal insight along with her extensive research to deliver a powerful, unforgettable keynote address and, if desired, a companion workshop.

Ann took a very private exit from her professional life and went to rehab. She re-entered professional life in 2010, winning the prestigious Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, charged with examining the closing gender gap in the world of risky drinking. Sober now for five years, her journey – professional and personal – has given us an unprecedented look into women and drinking that is both moving and enlightening.

Ann dissects the psychological, social, and corporate factors that have contributed to this reality, exploring their far-reaching impact on both society at large and individual lives, including her own. Comprehensive and emotionally riveting, Dowsett Johnston’s book Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol is sure to become a modern classic on the topic of women and drinking, much as Andrew Solomon’s NOONDAY DEMON was for depression. Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, is a brave and powerful story, beautifully told; and an important investigation into an epidemic we can no longer afford to ignore.

At Maclean’s magazine, she was best known for pioneering the magazine’s system of ranking Canadian universities, overseeing the bestselling annual Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Universities and the Maclean’s University Graduate Survey. As a columnist, feature writer and speaker, she developed a strong leadership voice on educational policy and re-investment. In 2006, she became vice-principal of McGill University, in charge of development, alumni relations and strategic communication. As well, Ann has written on a wide variety of subjects, from the arts to mental health. Her personal writing was anthologized in Dropped Threads II: More of What We Aren’t Told.

Author of the Best Selling book, Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, Ann explains that over the past few decades, the feminist revolution has had enormous ramifications. Women outnumber their male counterparts in post-secondary education in most of the developed world, and they are about to match that accomplishment in the workplace. But what has not been fully documented or explored is that while women gained equality in many arenas, they also began to close the gender gap in terms of alcohol abuse. In the U.S. alone, more than 23,000 girls and women die from heavy drinking each year. Binge drinking and so-called “drunkorexia” are on the rise, contributing exponentially to a wide variety of health conditions and cancers.

Combining in-depth research with her own personal story of recovery, Ann Dowsett Johnston delivers a ground breaking examination of a shocking yet little recognized epidemic threatening society today, what pre-eminent researcher Sharon Wilsnack believes is a “global epidemic” in women’s drinking.

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To create strong alcohol policy, we need to take a hard look at the best available evidence, examine our core values and ask ourselves: what do we want for Canada? What role does the media play in the outcome? Enormous. Ann argues that the media is key to shaping strong policy: essential in disseminating good research, advocating for change and puncturing many myths.

Alcohol consumption is on the rise, and women are leading the growth, both here and in most of the developing world. Parity in post secondary achievement, parity in the workforce, and now this? Clearly, this is not what Gloria Steinem had in mind. The marketers think differently. Ann explores this phenomenon: what's driving the trend in risky drinking for all age groups, the health risks, and what can be done.

In our society, would you rather be known as an alcoholic or a person who suffers from depression? This was the question Ann posed to dozens of women. Not one woman chose alcoholic. Why? The stigma was too overwhelming.

For 20 years, scientists have known that alcohol addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease. While there has been strong national leadership around stigma and mental health, the voices on addiction have been silent. The gap between what we know and do not do? A national embarrassment. Ann tackles the stigma issue, charting the way forward.

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Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol

Over the past few decades, the feminist revolution has had enormous ramifications. Women outnumber their male counterparts in post-secondary education in most of the developed world, and they are about to match that accomplishment in the workplace. But what has not been fully documented or explored is that while women gained equality in many arenas, they also began to close the gender gap in terms of alcohol abuse. In the U.S. alone, more than 23,000 girls and women die from heavy drinking each year. Binge drinking and so-called "drunkorexia" are on the rise, contributing exponentially to a wide variety of health conditions and cancers. Combining in-depth research with her own personal story of recovery, Ann Dowsett Johnston delivers a groundbreaking examination of a shocking yet little recognized epidemic threatening society today, what pre-eminent researcher Sharon Wilsnack believes is a "global epidemic" in women's drinking.

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