Is Binge Drinking REALLY a Problem for Moms? The Stir Writers Discuss! (VIDEO)

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Moms Matter Google HangoutWhether we want to talk about it or not, alcohol is a part of many moms' lives. It's common knowledge that plenty of moms look forward to a glass of wine at the end of the day, or cocktails on a date night, or even shots on a girls night out.

But according to the CDC, more and more moms' drinking is getting out of control. The latest CDC report finds that more moms and older women are binge drinking these days (binge drinking is defined as four or more glasses of alcohol in one evening) -- and some writers from The Stir say they aren't surprised.

We talked about the issue in this week's Moms Matter Google Hangout -- Check out the video, then tell us if you think this is becoming an issue for more moms lately.

I've been a mom/stepmom for a long time now-- eleven years and counting-- and in that time, I've known a few moms who clearly had a drinking problem. I'm sure they thought no one knew, but it's actually hard to hide the smell of alcohol at 10 in the morning, no matter how much hair spray you're wearing! 

I know that at least one of these moms eventually got help, and I hope the rest did as well, but something that came up in our discussion is that far more moms are 'functioning alcoholics.' They may only be drinking at night, after the kids have gone to bed, but it's too much. As Adriana Velez said, I guess the pivotal question every mom needs to ask herself is whether alcohol is her go-to coping method. If the answer is 'yes,' she might have a problem.

How do you feel about drinking among moms? Do you think it's a problem that no one wants to talk about? And how much is too much?

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Nancy... NancyJ422

My sister told me this when I had my son 23 years (!) ago and her daughter was 2 -- "you can drink and have fun and be hung over but remember this, you son is going to want YOU no matter have you feel". As a partyer that was a very sobering comment!

i think any amount that makes you sluggish or possibly not capable of taking care of any emergency at 10 or 11pm or beyond is a problem. 

adopt... adoption2013

It's not a problem if you don't mind having you kids apprehended.

nonmember avatar Lucie

I drink several glasses of wine sometimes in one night, and I'm a SAHM.

Sometimes it's because I can't fall asleep because of the anticipation for the day to come and it gives me anxiety.

That doesn't mean I have a problem. It means I have trouble sleeping, and anxiety. It means I have a child and sometimes need adult juice.

I know I'm not alone. Once my LO is sleeping, it's me time. If I want to drink some wine.... and it might be more than two glasses, that's what I want to do in that time.

Not an addict. Don't have a problem.

Just my opinion.

Denise Giffin

Lucie . . . yes. It does mean you have a problem. There are other ways to deal with anxiety and sleep issues that don't involve self-medicating with alcohol. Several glasses in one night is binge drinking and if it's relatively frequent that's a drinking problem.

And yes, if facebook posts are any indicator, a lot of moms have drinking problems - stay at home moms in particular. Working moms don't seem to have the time to maintain a drinking problem.

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