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Patsy Staddon

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318880

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318880.001.0001

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A drink in my hand

A drink in my hand

why ‘putting down the glass’ may be too simple a solution for lesbian women

(p.139) Eight A drink in my hand
Women and alcohol

Lyndsey Moon

Patsy Staddon

Policy Press

Many people believe that alcohol issues are particularly prevalent among lesbian women, who may be using alcohol for very many reasons, from relaxing in company and helping to deal with social anxieties to isolation, depression, loneliness and fear. It has been suggested that mental illness may sometimes be a way of coping with a capitalist society (Spandler, 2013) and the same might equally be true of alcohol related problems Either could be a signal of disengagement and despair; and among those whose sexual identity has to some extent placed them outside the pale, it may also be a way of celebrating a spoiled identity. Such a celebration can feel like an acknowledgement of one’s culture, in a way similar to that mentioned by Serrant. Alcohol treatment services seem ill prepared to deal with minority needs, even when these are acknowledged and expressed. An alternative, social model of alcohol treatment would in contrast look initially at social causes, helping everyone, including those identifying as lesbian, to identify their specific problems and to come to terms with their individual needs.

Keywords:   lesbian alcohol use, celebrating spoiled identity, cultural significance

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