Coping with the Stresses of Parenthood, Alcohol-Free
The New York Times explores 'mommy wine culture' and the pressures of parenthood in this piece, timely aligning with International Women's Day. According to the article:
"As the opioid crisis draws attention to the impact of addiction on families, there may be a new openness to sober parenting. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that between 2009-14, approximately 10 percent of American children lived in homes where at least one parent had an alcohol use disorder. [...]
“Wine has become normalized, expected and then reinforced by popular culture, social media, advertising,” said Gabrielle Glaser, author of “Her Best Kept Secret: Why Women Drink — and How They Can Regain Control.” She said that images of other people’s seemingly perfect children on social media heighten many parents’ feelings of inadequacy. “Whether they’re a celebrity’s child or it’s just somebody on your Instagram feed,” she said, “You think, what’s wrong with me?” The added stress contributes to more drinking, she said.