More mothers are turning to wine as a way to escape the stresses of everyday life and/or cope with the pressures of motherhood. A recent online Wall Street Journal article details the growing number of American mothers who consume wine, putting themselves at risk for medical conditions that especially effect women. According to the Wine Institute, women buy the lion’s share of the nearly 800 million gallons of wine sold in the U.S. annually—and they are its primary drinkers. More women are drinking now than at any time in recent history, according to health surveys. 
The article also makes the connection between this female population and the recent rise in social media, clothing and television shows that celebrate, find humor in and even glamorize imbibing:
- T-shirts with a spilled wineglass that say, “Not so loud, I had book club last night.”
- Nearly 650,000 women follow “Moms Who Need Wine” on Facebook and 131,000 women are fans of the group called “OMG, I So Need a Glass of Wine or I’m Gonna Sell My Kids.”
- Wine is so linked to the women of “Real Housewives” that several cast members have introduced their own alcohol brands. The ‘Housewives’ shows are widely popular among American women and mothers.
Katie Couric dedicated one of her episodes to the trend of moms who organize “Chardonnay Playdates,” where mothers drink alcohol together as their children play. Do you think this is taking it too far?
The Effects of Alcohol On Women
Alcohol is highly dangerous with addictive potential for any user, but one main reason mothers must be careful about how much wine they consume is that of the two sexes, women are most vulnerable to alcohol’s harmful effects.
- Women feel the effects of alcohol faster, and for longer periods of time. The female body contains less water and more fatty tissue than the male body. When a women consumes alcohol, fat retains alcohol and water dilutes alcohol, producing higher concentrations of alcohol for longer periods of time.
- Males have more of the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase, which breaks down alcohol before it enters the bloodstream and helps prevent the risk of liver disease and brain damage.
- Women are more likely to develop alcohol-induced liver disease.
- Women are more likely to experience alcohol-induced brain damage.
- Women are at higher risk of fatal car accidents while driving under the influence.
Women Seek Alcohol Treatment Faster Than Men
Alcoholism does not discriminate, and long gone is the stigma that alcoholism is just a male disease. However, recent studies have found that while more men battle alcoholism than women, women with alcohol problems tend to seek professional treatment about 5 years earlier than men with alcohol problems.
Researchers suggested that “women may attach less social stigma to drinking problems than men and may be more willing to admit that they have a drinking problem and need professional help to deal with it.” 
If you or someone you know has a drinking problem, please pick up the phone and call us today. Help is here for you.
Sources: WSJ  Health Day