Mommy needs wine! It’s a cutesy phrase that has taken over motherhood as women try to soothe their nerves after a long day of parenting their children. There are Facebook groups about moms needing wine or vodka, wine glasses for “mommy juice” and even “wine mom” memes that insinuate women are knocking back more alcohol than just the occasional drink.
Mom Out’s Jill Kargman and actress Drew Barrymore showed off their adorable wine socks with messages like “If you can read this, bring me a drink” on the soles of the feet.
Mom wine culture is rampant, and while moms say having cocktails is a form of self-care and a way to de-stress, it’s concerning as alcohol drinking is increasing among women.
In fact, binge drinking increased by 17.5 percent among women between 2005 and 2012, but rose just 4.9 percent among men for that same period.
“Alcohol use is increasing among women in the United States at a time when it’s decreasing among men,” said Aaron White, a biological psychologist and senior scientific adviser to the director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. “There has been a real shift.”
September is National Recovery Month, so it’s important to note that the rate of alcohol-related visits to U.S. emergency rooms spiked by almost 50 percent between 2006 and 2014, especially among women, the government announced in January.
When having a drink or two is par for the course at social events, it can be a slippery slope, said Catherine Paradis, a senior research and policy analyst with the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.
"The more you drink, the more likely you are to binge-drink," she said. Binge-drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks on one occasion for men, or four for women.
According to research from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, women encounter more alcohol-related problems than men at lower drinking levels for a variety of reasons. Women tend to weigh less than men and carry less water in their bodies pound for pound, so the blood alcohol concentration is higher with the same amount of drinks.
Problem drinking rose by 83 percent among women between 2002 and 2013, according to a study published last year in JAMA Psychiatry, an increase the authors called “alarming.”
If you think you might have a drinking problem, please visit AA.org.