Plenty of moms out there rely on a glass or two of wine a few nights a week to take the edge off of a long day. But according to the CDC, a growing number of moms are taking their drinking habit too far.
A recent report shows that binge drinking is on the rise, not just in teens and college-age women, but among moms who use alcohol to relieve the stress of their day.
So how do you know if you're a binge drinker?
Binge drinking is defined as having four or more drinks in one night. A recent CDC study showed that one in eight women binge drink about three times a month, and most of those women have an average of six drinks per binge.
You may think that doesn't sound like you -- but the FOX affiliate in Atlanta recently profiled a mom who's a recovering alcoholic, and what she had to say may hit home with you.
"I was drinking home alone," Stephanie Hazard told the reporter. "I
was drinking to the point where I was almost finishing a bottle of wine a
night. Not every night but every other night," she said.
Stephanie knew she had a problem when she realized that she felt like she couldn't go without a drink.
Among moms, binge drinking isn't happening at bars and restaurants
(other than the occasional girls' night out). It's happening at home,
often alone after the kids have gone to bed.
CDC statistics show that binge drinking is most common among women
ages 18-34, whites and Hispanics, and women with an income greater than
$75,000. Not only can it damage relationships and the family dynamic, it
can also damage your health.
Binge drinking puts you at greater risk of breast cancer and heart disease. The CDC says that drinking too much causes the deaths of about 23,000 women and girls every year.
If you're worried that you have a problem with alcohol, you can get help by calling 1-800-662-HELP.
Do you think binge drinking among moms is a bigger problem than most people thought?
Probably becasue they get on CM and see how perfect all these sanctimommies are. Can't keep up with that!
Guess you could say I binge drink. I'll open a bottle of wine and very occasionaly get inspired. Then you'll see me walk past with a crowbar and said bottle of wine. I drink and rip up flooring. When I'm out of wine I quit. I've got like 2 rooms with floors not totally ripped up...gonna have to open a bottle of wine. ;)
I'm sure it is a bigger problem than recognized. Yes, it happens at home alone after the kids are in bed.
Though I did it before I had kids, thankfully. It became an ingrained habit, that was hard to break. I haven't had a drink in 21 years...thank the Lord. No meetings, no getting by, day by day....just God and His deliverance.
And YES, I did know that it does correspond to higher levels of reproductive cancers. Was not familiar about the heart disease connection.