Rarely does a book appear that is both enjoyably readable and highly informative. Such a rare gem is Gabrielle Glasser’s Her Best-Kept Secret: Why Women Drink - And How They Can Regain Control. The sub-title correctly suggests the practical value for women (as well as men) to apply evidence-based approaches to either control their drinking or to abstain.

The author’s balanced look at the current status of drinking among women and her fascinating look at how women's’ drinking has changed over time is insightful and provides context.

Demonstrating that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution for everyone, Glasser explores why a program might be effective for one person but not only ineffective but actually contribute to the drinking problems of another.

Useful for both for those who want to reduce their drinking and those who want to abstain, this book is highly recommended for anyone seeking help with their drinking or that of a loved one.

In addition to the ever-present AA and other Twelve Step programs, there are many non-12-step options available. They include HAMS (Harm reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support), LifeRing Recovery, Women for Sobriety, Moderation Management, Rational Recovery, SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training), SOS (Secular Organizations for Sobriety) and the Life Process Program.

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  • Gabrielle Glasser. Her Best-Kept Secret: Why Women Drink - And How They Can Regain Control. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2013.

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