(KWQC) – A lot of moms joke around about drinking wine to cope with those whining kid moments but the truth is women are consuming more alcohol more frequently than ever before and that’s a problem.
A lot of moms joke around about drinking wine to cope with those whining kid moments but the truth is women are consuming more alcohol more frequently than ever before and that’s a problem. (KWQC)
According to the National Institutes of Health, the amount of women in the U.S. with an alcohol use disorder has increased by nearly 84 percent in recent years.
So why is it happening? Well, there’ a shift in culture and it’s amplified by social media.
Like yoga pants, lattes and minivans; making jokes about moms drinking wine is a cliche.
You’ve seen the funny anecdotes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; “mommy’s sippy cup”, letter boards next to a bottle of wine using the kids as an excuse to pop it open and memes that say things like ‘a bottle of wine fixes everything’.
But some moms actually feel like they need alcohol to deal with motherhood.
Michelle is married with three kids. She’s also in recovery.
While she’s proud of that TV6 is protecting her family’s privacy and keeping her anonymous.
“I’m very ashamed of some of the things that I did,” Michelle tells TV6. “I was looking for any excuse to justify the sickness and the addiction that I was struggling with but seeing it normalized it made me feel like, ‘see, I’m okay’.”
Social media is inundated with the Mommy Needs Wine culture and it’s spilling out into real life.
Karen Relf is the program director at the Abbey, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Bettendorf.
“Had a rough day, go home, have a drink, feel better,” Relf said. “Next day the whole cycle starts over again.”
We’ve heard it referred to lightheartedly as a “time out” just for mom but the CDC defines excessive drinking as either binge drinking or heavy drinking.
Women who are binge drinking are having four or more drinks during a single occasion. Heavy drinkers are having eight or more drinks a week.
You can see how a glass of wine after every rough day at work or too many tantrums can quickly become a dependency.
“When someone is looking at alcohol as a reward of some type, it’s numbing the system,” Relf said.
Like most moms who drink, Michelle was looking for that relief.
“It was just a vicious, ugly cycle,” Michelle said. “I had gotten to the place where I was secretly drinking almost daily and was trying to hide it from everyone.”
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