Moms and Drinking
We’ve all seen the memes on social media about parenting and drinking, mother’s little helper or if you can read this get me a glass of wine.
While alcohol is part of most social occasions and part of our westerner society when does your drinking get out of hand? When is too much really too much alcohol consumption?
Daily or Weekly Alcohol limits
For healthy adults, drinking more than these single-day or weekly limits is considered “at-risk” or “heavy” drinking:
Women: More than 3 drinks on any day or 7 drinks per week.
Men: More than 4 drinks on any day or 14 drinks per week.
Research show women develop alcohol problems quicker and at lower alcohol consumption when compared to men. Women tend to be smaller than men. That means, the same amount of alcohol is going into a smaller body. And even if you are the same size and weight as a man, you will have a higher blood alcohol level if you (a woman) drinks the same amount of alcohol as a man of equal weight.
As we age, we break down alcohol more slowly. This means we become more sensitive to its effects and can get drunk sooner and on less alcohol. So, even if you drink the same amount of alcohol as you get older it’s likely to affect you more than younger people.
The classic picture of an alcoholic is someone who always drinks too much and whose life is falling apart because of it. But that’s not always the reality. You can still be an alcoholic even though you have a great “outside life,” with a job that pays well and an adorable family.
What is heavy drinking? For women, it’s having more than three drinks a day or seven a week. For men, it’s four or more per day or 14 a week. If you drink more than the daily or weekly limit, you’re at risk.
Out of control Drinking?
Here are some other red flags that your drinking is out of control.
• Need alcohol to relax or feel confident
• Drink in the morning or when you’re alone
• Get drunk when you don’t intend to
• Forget what you did while drinking (black out)
• Deny drinking
• Hiding your alcohol
• Getting angry or defensive when confronted about your drinking
• Lose friendships or have relationship problems due to drinking, but you don’t quit
Staying in control of your drinking
- Have several drink-free days a week
- Find other ways to relax besides having a drink
- Switching to drinks that are lower in alcohol
- Try having a spritzer which is mixing your wine with soda
Ask your doctor about getting help — whether it’s from a psychotherapist or an addiction specialist.
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