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Moms and Alcohol

Does Motherhood Drive Women to Drink?

Crayons, check. Puzzles, check. Chilled Pinot Grigio, check. Mamas may wish to hold onto pieces of their pre-baby lives with a cocktail here and there, but the phenomenon of the spiked playdate or daily "wine-o'clock" drink seems to be more common.

The stress – felt by both working and stay-at-home moms – to be the perfect parent has led to women confessing their mommy moments which often include a drink or two before the lil ones hit the hay. Forty-six percent of lilsugar readers recently admitted to driving their kids after casually drinking, while Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay, told her fans that she was sobering up after realizing that she was drinking two, three or even more cocktails while home with her children. According to the New York Times, "better-educated women are more likely to drink than less-educated ones; so are women employed outside the home versus those who stay at home."

Do you think motherhood is driving women to drink, or are women just being more open about it than before?

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Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
"Not when it takes into account that many factors, which can't narrow it down to "Motherhood makes you drink." If you actually read the article, the study doesn't say anything about motherhood. And nothing MAKES you drink, but research shows that certain groups of people are MORE LIKELY to develop a drinking problem than other groups.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
i'm to tired to have drink most nights, lol. that would just put me to sleep before the kids. so it's not true for me.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
"That seems an awful lot of "this, this, and this makes women drink more" without any real basis." So research done by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University doesn't provide any basis?
Lyngay Lyngay 8 years
"According to the New York Times, "better-educated women are more likely to drink than less-educated ones.... " I thought drinking was an activity across all class/status levels. FTR, I think there is nothing wrong with a drink or two or three if I'm at home and not going anywhere. Or if I'm out and someone else is driving us home. In no way, shape or form does this constitute a "bad mommy moment".
secrethoughts secrethoughts 8 years
I think this is silly. How Puritanical! Now a "bad mommy moment" is having a drink or two? Seriously? One's life doesn't need to end or change completely once you've had kids. There is nothing wrong with having a glass of wine or two. Alcohol, in moderation, doesn't impair a person's ability to care for their children, and this kind of pressure, this idea of perfection--the mother who doesn't drink, always has perfect hair, keeps a perfect house, works full time, has a wonderful sex life, and always keeps a perfect appearance--is what drives women crazy.
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