Women and Drinking

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Women and Drinking
Wed, 07-24-2013 - 8:31am

I saw a review of this book in the Washington Post and read the sample on Kindle:


I don't think I'll buy the book, still on the fence but it covered interesting thoughts.  It's about the increase in drinking among women, especially middle aged, middle class and above, highly educated moms.  That's my demographic and I really think it's true. You all know I'm not anti-alcohol but at what point do you start worrying about yourself, or a friend? 

I'm bringing this up because I come across a lot of excess drinking among the suburban mom group, although I tend to avoid gatherings like that. Moms acting wild and still thnking their sorority girls, not my thing. I put my line, though, at drinking because it's fun and drinking because you REALLY need it.  Ha, maybe that's why I don't drink much--when I have fun, it's stuff like aerial silks, parkour, skiing, all of which would be really bad w/ drinking! I hate bunco and that type of thing. 

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Wed, 07-24-2013 - 8:39am

I read something recently about this topic and how restaurants were gearing their advertisements toward this group of women and found it fascinating because at my gym there is a group of women that fit this discription that used to meet up every few weeks for lunch. It's now 3 times a week. 

I'm not anti-alcohol either but I don't drink at all (alcoholic parents). 

Community Leader

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 07-24-2013 - 10:02am

The book talked about the marketing of chardonnay towards women, light and easy to drink.  So, I can see other groups doing the same.  I don't see anything wrong w/ drinking, at all, and love to have a glass of wine or whatever w/ friends. Maybe the book made me think of it more, that over the past 20 years, it's much more prevalent among moms. Or maybe it was always like that and I never noticed.  

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Wed, 07-24-2013 - 10:17am
Funny you mention that because at the Bunco event I went to, I felt like I was drinking more than the average attendee, but I only had one glass of wine. :O. Most of the ladies were drinking soda or juice...shocking! I find that My stomach is not so "tolerant" of alcohol, anymore, and I tend to get sleepy after two drinks. I also shy away from many drinks because there are so many calories...
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 07-24-2013 - 1:13pm

Maybe the ladies in my neighborhood are wilder! Someone else mentioned the getting tired after a drink as we get older, recently.  My kids laugh that I fall asleep after half a glass of wine these days.  And, I wake up in the middle of the night more if I've had a drink.  Adding the calories and what I'll eat after glass of wine, it's all around bad for me!

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 07-24-2013 - 1:17pm

Yeah, as alcoholism goes, my grandfather was apparently really bad and died in his 50's because of it. My father, as a result, so very rarely drank so I didn't grow up w/ parents having a glass of wine or whatever at night. When I first met my husband, I thought he had a drinking problem because he'd come back at night and have a beer regularly, though didn't usually finish it.  LOL, when I mentioned it to friends, they just laughed at me. The fear of alcoholism sticks with me, though, which I think makes me so controlled about my drinking.  It's almost extreme, though, kind of like barely touching the water because you're afraid of drowning.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-15-2014
Sun, 07-20-2014 - 2:28pm


I know this is an old post, but you motivated me into making contact.

I am a 46 yr-old woman who was an alcoholic for almost 25 yrs.- a full-blown alcoholic. I was the daughter of one and my daughter is, also. I was a single mother who was responsible for a very unstable, unsafe, environment for my daughter.

I was very, VERY, blessed to have gotten a DUI. I am, now, 6 yrs. sober and my daughter is a happy, healthy, wonderful person, who, God only knows why, is my best friend and biggest fan! My first book is being published and will be on the market this coming week :)

The only thing I really wanted to offer you is, really, more about my daughter than myself. Being raised in that environment and knowing the family history, my daughter became aware of her possible future at a very young age. She is living proof that awareness and acknowledgement of the possible vulnerability can make all the difference!

Be honest with your weaknesses. Be careful where you find yourself and, most of all, remember to be grateful and responsible concerning the blessings you have; they can be lost in a heartbeat if you forget your priorites!

I hope & pray you have a WONDERFUL life!