In the news: Hitting the mommy juice too hard? Experts warn of alcohol abuse by moms

Editor April 11th

In a survey, almost 40 percent of respondents said drinking helps them cope with the stress of being a parent and more than one-third said they have mom friends who they think have a problem with alcohol.

Wine is the beverage of choice, with more than half of respondents naming it as their preferred alcoholic drink. Companies have noticed, creating wine brands targeting stressed out moms, with names like Mad Housewife, Mommy’s Time Out and Mommy Juice. Sales are up 25 percent.

Recognizing the dangers of drinking, this mom group has rules and practices moderation when it comes to alcohol: No more than one drink per play date, and everyone walks home. But some people have a hard time setting limits. Among women 25-34, one in five admits to frequent binge drinking, or consuming four or more drinks at once, according to the CDC.

Wilder-Taylor, who has been sober for almost five years, is speaking out to help other women recognize that they may have a problem. Her big message: Do not be ashamed to ask for help.

How do you know if you have a drinking problem? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism suggests these questions to ask yourself:
•Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?

•Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?

•Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?

•Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?
One “yes” answer suggests a possible alcohol problem. If you responded “yes” to more than one question, it is likely that you have a problem with alcohol. In either case, it is important that you see your health care provider right away to discuss your responses to these questions. Even if you answered “no” to all of the above questions, if you are having drinking-related problems with your job, relationships, health, or with the law, you should still seek help, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

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