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My thoughts on an interesting and timely article that came my way today…
A friend who knew I was doing this sobriety stint alerted me to an article she saw in the Huffington Post a few days ago.
In it, two different year-long studies are compared, one from 2002 and one from 2013.
One important finding was that high-risk drinking (four or more alcoholic beverages per day at least once a week for women vs. five or more alcoholic beverages per day at least once a week for men) by Americans has increased by 30%.
If you look at just women’s high-risk drinking, that has increased by 60%.
The fact that having four drinks in one day is considered high-risk drinking is surprising to me. We have outings at wineries on the weekend where we drink 4-5 glasses of wine or beer over the afternoon/evening. That is the norm for the people we hang with.
Are we all high-risk drinkers? I mean, according to this, yes.
The rest of the article searches for reasons why this statistic is going up, namely because “the culture surrounding alcohol has dramatically shifted, particularly for women.”
I definitely think that this is true.
Drinking, especially drinking wine, is seen as a rite of passage for motherhood.
It’s almost encouraged among moms. I can think of only a handful of social situations that were in the afternoon where alcohol wasn’t offered.
Play dates, lunches, birthday parties…you name it! Booze is always on the table.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I’m guilty of it, too.
Because I get into the mindset of thinking wine makes anything more fun. And it does, most of the time.
Anyways, Day 5 was Sunday. It felt good to not be drinking. I actually got stuff done for a change!
I felt refreshed and ready for the week ahead.
Once my thirty days is up, I would like to switch to only drinking on Friday and Saturday nights. I think.
We shall see.