Alcohol is the drug of choice among American women. An astonishing 4 million women meet the diagnostic criteria for abuse or dependence. Yet until recently, alcoholism--like heart disease--was considered a man's problem. Research, prevention, and treatment efforts were aimed at men. The few studies on women that existed focused on the effects of alcohol on children and families. Mixing cutting-edge research with moving stories of women who struggled with alcohol problems, this book challenges assumptions and expans awareness of the role alcohol plays in women's lives.