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More Moms Are Binge Drinking and the CDC Is Worried

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More Moms Are Binge Drinking and the CDC Is Worried

by Lindsay Ferrier 

FlickrPlenty of moms out there rely on a glass or two of wine a few nights a week to take the edge off of a long day. But according to the CDC, a growing number of moms are taking their drinking habit too far.

A recent report shows that binge drinking is on the rise, not just in teens and college-age women, but among moms who use alcohol to relieve the stress of their day.

So how do you know if you're a binge drinker?

Binge drinking is defined as having four or more drinks in one night. A recent CDC study showed that one in eight women binge drink about three times a month, and most of those women have an average of six drinks per binge.

You may think that doesn't sound like you -- but the FOX affiliate in Atlanta recently profiled a mom who's a recovering alcoholic, and what she had to say may hit home with you.

"I was drinking home alone," Stephanie Hazard told the reporter. "I was drinking to the point where I was almost finishing a bottle of wine a night. Not every night but every other night," she said.

Stephanie knew she had a problem when she realized that she felt like she couldn't go without a drink.

Among moms, binge drinking isn't happening at bars and restaurants (other than the occasional girls' night out). It's happening at home, often alone after the kids have gone to bed.

CDC statistics show that binge drinking is most common among women ages 18-34, whites and Hispanics, and women with an income greater than $75,000. Not only can it damage relationships and the family dynamic, it can also damage your health.

Binge drinking puts you at greater risk of breast cancer and heart disease. The CDC says that drinking too much causes the deaths of about 23,000 women and girls every year.


If you're worried that you have a problem with alcohol, you can get help by calling 1-800-662-HELP.

Do you think binge drinking among moms is a bigger problem than most people thought?

by on Aug. 28, 2013 at 8:47 AM
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by AllieCat on Aug. 28, 2013 at 2:55 PM

It is indeed an issue.  

Been there, done that.

If a mom is that stressed that she needs to drink every night, there are bigger issues mixed in there that need to be addressed.  However, often times, those other issues are not as easily addressed as some one might think.

There are so many factors that come in to play in one's life.  

It takes strength to realize you have a problem with drinking and then hitting that head on, while understanding and working on all other issues that lead to the drinking.

Sometimes, a person just drinks to drink and they honestly don't care what impact it has on themselves, their families and others.

So many variable.

Drinking to relieve stress is a sure sign and not a good one.

by Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:39 PM

My mom is a very serious alcoholic. I don't remember her drinking when I was a kid, but family members have told me that when she was pregnant with me she did have to go to rehab of some sort.  It was that or my father told her he would leave.  I'm lucky I have no problems from her drinking while pregnant with me, but from what I understand she was very early in her pregnancy. 

When my father was diagnosed with cancer she would secretly binge.  He would make me search the house for bottles.  I found huge, always empty or close to empty bottle of Vodka.  She was my hero growing up.  It was awful to watch her fall and become someone I almost hate.  Even today I see her and think, that is not the woman who raised me. 

When dad died, she wasn't sober for two weeks that first year.  Or the second.  I thought she would be dead in less than three.  Every other week we were at the hospital.  One nurse told me that she should have been in a coma with as much as she had to drink.   Alcoholism is an awful disease.  Denial and the refusal to get help are worse.  

by Bronze Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 4:40 PM
I think Prescription drugs are a bigger problem.
by Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Gross! I might drink 1 beer every three months, lol. 

by on Aug. 28, 2013 at 5:53 PM
Is this really new? I feel like have been hearing about this forever.
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by Whoopie on Aug. 28, 2013 at 5:54 PM

How is this different from the little white pill (Valium) that many moms ingested in the 50s-60s? 

I do not know any binge drinkers, but I do know plenty of moms who drink-

by Whoopie on Aug. 28, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Quoting Koltie6:

I think Prescription drugs are a bigger problem.


by Platinum Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Why, YES!

by on Aug. 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM
That's really fucking sad.
by Silver Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM

So let me get this straight - I, a "mother" have an alcohol problem if I drink a bottle of wine (aprox 4 glasses) on a friday night. BUT, men (fathers) don't have a problem if they drink a 12 pack over the weekend? I don't normally scream sexism, but here it is in all it's glory. Sure, they didn't come right out and say it's ok for men to drink and not ok for women, but those are the vibes I'm getting. How many men polish off a 6 pack while watching the game? .......Oh, but they don't have a drinking problem if it isn't an everyday thing and they don't get passed out drunk. WTF? Why are women held to higher standards than men?

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