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Ann Dowsett Johnston

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Episode 26: Conversation with Ann Dowsett Johnston

The Unashamed Alcoholic

Today's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is Ann Dowsett Johnston. Ann is the bestselling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, named one of the top 10 books of 2013 by the Washington Post. An award-winning journalist with more than 40 years of experience, she has also been a vice-principal of McGill University. Ann is a practicing psychotherapist, a Focusing-oriented trainer and the founder of Writing Your Recovery, a memoir-writing course.I read Drink when I was trying to get sober and I was fascinated by the connections outlined between women and alcohol.I hope you enjoy my conversation with Ann.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/UnashamedAlc)


20 Jul 2021

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Love Sober Podcast 122- Guest Ann Dowsett Johnston

Love Sober Podcast

Episode 122 This week we had the great honor of talking to one of the early pioneers in the conversation about women and alcohol. Ann Dowsett Johnston she is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author, turned psychotherapist. Winner of seven National Magazine Awards, she is also the recipient of a Southam Journalism Fellowship and the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy. It was for the latter that she prepared a 14-part series on Women and Alcohol in the Toronto Star, looking at the closing gender gap on risky drinking. In 2013, she wrote Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, a book named one of the top 10 of the year by the Washington Post. Part memoir, part journalistic exploration, the book exposes the “pinking” of the alcohol industry. Says Gabor Mate: “The writing is gripping and vivid, the voice personal, the research exacting, the stories revealing if sometimes heartbreaking, the conclusions essential. A triumphant life, a triumphant book.” Since the publication of Drink, she has worked hard to destigmatize mental health and addiction, earning an honorary Doctor of Laws from Queen’s University for her efforts. She is also the recipient of a Transforming Lives award from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the American Research Society on Addiction’s Media Award, plus the T. A. Sweet Award from the Ontario Psychiatric Association for helping address stigma related to mental health and addiction. In 2017, she decided to follow her heart, applying to the Master’s of Social Work program at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. What this represents is the fulfillment of a decades-old dream: to become a psychotherapist. Writing remains a significant part of her life, and she is  hard at work on her second book. She also has recently started a writing group and workshops https://www.anndowsettjohnston.com/workshops . In this interview Ann talks openly about her mental health and drinking. Her recovery and finding purpose in her writing to change the conversation around alcohol in society and especially how it is marketed to women. Such a great conversation, we might have been a little over excited! Grab a cuppa and let's chat. Love K & M xxx


19 Mar 2021

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Highlighting Real with Ann Dowsett Johnston: Beyond Afflictions- The Magic in Our Stories

Highlighting Real

On this episode of Highlighting Real, I had the privilege and pleasure to sit down with Ann Dowsett Johnson. Ann is an award-winning Journalist and bestselling author, turned psychotherapist. For more than 25 years she worked at Maclean’s magazine (where she is best known for being the chief architect of the Maclean’s university ranking). She also worked as the Vice Principal of McGill University. Ann is the author of the book Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol. This book is the inspiration for the conversation you are about join. Ann and I speak about this book, part memoir part journalistic exploration and unpack the journey that Ann so bravely took so many of us readers along. We talk about the “pinking” of the alcohol industry, the impact of afflictions on our lives, the stories that live inside of us that we need to tell and the heartache the often occurs when you have the courage to be the best version of yourself. This conversation with Ann was nothing short of what Elizabeth Gilbert would call “Big Magic” and it is an honour to share her wisdom with all of you. There are people, moments and stories that change our lives, Ann has changed mine. For more information on Ann, please visit her website (www.anndowsettjohnston.com). For those of you who have a story in you to tell (hint: all of us), consider joining her writing workshops.


18 Mar 2021

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Ep. 24: Ann Dowsett Johnston - Wine as the Modern Women’s Steroid

The Hello Someday Podcast

Ann Dowsett Johnston, the best-selling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, has described the positioning of wine in popular culture as “The modern woman's steroid, enabling her to do everything she needs to do or tries to do”.   And there’s one problem with that description of alcohol. It’s not true and it doesn't work. Instead of helping the modern woman do everything she needs to do - wine is a mal-adpative, and highly addictive coping mechanism that’s exacerbating stress, anxiety and depression for the modern woman.  On the podcast today Ann and I unpack the complicated and intimate relationship between women and alcohol.  We talk about:  How drinking after a long day of work has become a universal practice. It’s being repeated in house after house as women are standing at their kitchen counters in the evening and pouring themselves a glass (or a bottle) of wine.  How successful, professional women are increasingly struggling with drinking even as they rise high on the corporate ladder. How women are using alcohol to self-medicate anxiety, depression, loss and loneliness - including suffering through events like empty-nest syndrome and depression in menopause.  How the messaging that “Mom needs to drink to get through her day, life, kids and work” is being pushed on us - in surround sound - in popular culture and by our alcogenic society.  Why are you able to move forward in a healthy way only once you get out of the drinking cycle. You’re finally able to work through underlying issues of anxiety, codependency, trauma, depression, and other factors that are driving you to drink.  How writing your recovery and telling your story can help you unpack your relationship with alcohol and the stories you’ve told yourself and get to the actual truth of your drinking history with a new understanding and self-compassion. Why the growing movement of women telling their stories of drinking and quitting drinking, with pride and not shame, is helping other women recover in a way that the culture of anonymity in AA does not.  Why it’s so important for women who want to stop drinking to develop many layers of support to heal - which can include connecting with women on the alcohol-free path, reading books and memoirs of women who have stopped drinking, learning about the science of alcohol and what it does to your body and mind, joining support programs and creating new coping mechanisms through psychotherapy, counseling or with a sober or addiction coach.  How you can build layers of support to help you change your relationship with drinking - through psychotherapy, coaching, other women in private free Facebook groups online or in person, books, exercise, nutrition and more.  About Ann Dowsett Johnston Anne Dowsett Johnston is the best-selling author of the book Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol. It was named by the Washington Post as one of the top 10 books of 2013. Ann is a psychotherapist who provides trauma informed relational care to clients with a focus on women in recovery, and works from a holistic perspective using the principles of focusing oriented psychotherapy, to bring awareness and compassion to the mind-body connection. Ann also offers an online eight week course on Writing Your Recovery based on her decades of experience as a journalist and a best selling author on memoir and writing your recovery. Shownotes: www.hellosomedaycoaching.com/24 Grab your  Free Sober Girls Guide To Quitting Drinking Find my favorite Free Private Facebook Groups to Support Women Quitting Drinking Listen to the Podcast Episode on The Best Quit Lit Books For Women Quitting Drinking Download The Guide to The Best Quit Lit For Women Quitting Drinking Links and Resources mentioned in this episode Stephanie Wilder-Taylor article on A Heroine of Cocktail Moms Sobers Up Connect with Ann Dowsett Johnston Website: http://www.anndowsettjohnston.com Book: Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol TEDx talk on drinking and how it changed Ann’s life: http://www.anndowsettjohnston.com/media/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anndowsettjohnstob/ Connect with Casey McGuire Davidson Website: www.hellosomedaycoaching.com Instagram: Casey @ Hello Someday Coaching (@caseymdavidson) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HelloSomeday Listen to more podcast episodes to drink less + live more. Connect with She Recovers https://sherecovers.co/together-online/ https://sherecovers.co/our-retreats/ SHE RECOVERS on Facebook: facebook.com/sherecovers The SHE RECOVERS Intentions & Guiding Principles


1 Oct 2020

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#52: Ann Dowsett Johnston - Award-winning journalist on the relationship between women and alcohol

So-Called Normal

Mark speaks with Ann Dowsett Johnston, journalist of Maclean's fame and best-selling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol. They discuss Ann's own story of recovery from alcoholism, the closing gender gap on risky drinking, and how her passion for this issue caused her to switch careers from journalism to social work.  


18 Dec 2019

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Ep 16: The intimate relationship between women & alcohol with Ann Dowsett Johnston

Mind of Her Own

On this week’s episode Julie talks to Ann Dowsett Johnston, bestselling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol. Ann is a journalist who spent most of her career at Maclean’s magazine before taking on the role vice-principal of McGill University in 2006. From the outside looking in, Ann appeared to have it all together. But behind closed doors she was battling an addiction to alcohol that would ultimately unravel everything and land her in rehab. Now 10 years sober, she’s raising some alarming concerns about increased rates of binge drinking and alcohol abuse among women – particularly educated and professional working mothers who are under a lot of stress. Connect with Ann Dowsett Johnston: Anndowsettjohnston.com Resources mentioned: Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol Addictions Treatment Helplines in Canada The Jean Tweed Centre for Women & Their Families Alcoholics Anonymous - A.A. Near You Thanks for tuning in to Mind of Her Own – the podcast that gets inside a woman’s head! If you enjoyed this week’s episode, head over to Apple Podcasts and leave a rating and review. Don’t forget to share your favourite episodes on social media and subscribe to the show so that you never miss an episode! For more information about the show, visit mindofherownpodcast.com. You can also join the Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/mindofherownpodcast, follow the show on Instagram and connect with Julie on Twitter at @julietrites.


18 Jun 2018

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Episode 32 - Ann Dowsett Johnston

The Unruffled Podcast

Today, Tammi and Sondra are honored to have on the show, Ann Dowsett Johnston. If you don’t know, Ann is the bestselling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol and became the poster girl for the modern day alcoholic. The ladies talk about the alcohol industry, and specifically as it’s targeted to women, they talk about how quitting drinking makes sense as a #midlifesolution, the effects drinking had on her as a writer, and how Ann’s gratitude practice has been an essential part of her recovery. As a public speaker on these topics (if this is your first introduction to Ann, watch her TEDx Talk), Ann is generous, smart and well-versed on the real effects alcohol has on women, individually and as a culture. This is such an important interview, you may want to grab a pen and notebook!This week Ann shares three items from her Unruffled Toolbox: (1) Daily gratitude list practice; (2) Writing in her journal; and (3) Her female sober tribe.

1hr 22mins

13 Nov 2017

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Episode 002: The Pinking of Drinking with Ann Dowsett Johnston

Mother Recovering

I am so excited to share my conversation with Ann Dowsett Johnston, author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol. You can learn more about Ann here: Ann’s Website And you can buy her fabulous book here: Happy Listening.

1hr 2mins

8 Oct 2017

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Episode 85: Ann Dowsett Johnston

HOME Podcast

Ann Dowsett Johnston, bestselling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Woman and Alcohol returns to HOME to catch up with the girls about writing her second book, dating and not dating in relationships, the second half of life, depression, and writing her second book. "Drink" was named one of the top 10 books of 2013 by the Washington Post and is one both Holly and Laura's go-to picks for understanding women and addiction. Ann is an award-winning journalist and former Vice-Principal of McGill University. She's in her ninth year of recovery and one of the foremost and outspoken advocates in this space.

1hr 37mins

5 Apr 2017

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Episode 23: Ann Dowsett Johnston

HOME Podcast

"The world opens when you begin to tell your own story and others come forward." -Ann Dowsett Johnston. Ann is an award-winning writer, journalist, public policy advocate, and the author of the stunning book "Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol." She's also one of the most gracious women Holly and Laura have ever met. In this interview they talk about Ann's personal and professional path, including her gains and losses in sobriety, her relationship with her son, heartbreak, depression, dating and her incredible work on alcohol policy. Music by Radiation City.

1hr 11mins

16 Dec 2015