INTERNATIONAL WOMENS’ DAY — IS THERE EQUALITY FOR WOMEN WHO DRINK?

A conversation with Gail Priddey

Every year on the 8th March women from all over the world join forces to celebrate women’s historical and modern day achievements while fighting for continued and improved gender equality and justice on a tradition known as International Women’s Day.

2020 marks the 45th International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is #EachforEqual.

Unfortunately there is no equality for women battling alcohol addiction. Women are plagued with stigma, male dominated services, their maternal abilities are questioned and they battle endless judgement and even abuse.

Hi Gail, thank you for giving up some of your time to be interviewed today.

How, why and when did you get into working in the alcohol field?

As a woman did you feel there were personal challenges in working in the alcohol field?

Over your 40 years of experience did you see a massive difference in the number of men and women that accessed alcohol services?

Why do you think that is?

What are some of the biggest stigmas women face when accessing alcohol treatment?

Why is important for women to seek help early?

Tell us one of your biggest success stories working with women.

Do you have any advice for women wanting to change their drinking?

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