Why Women Drink
There’s a Facebook page titled “Moms Who Need Wine.” Last time I looked it had 667,000 likes. Then there’s the Pinterest site that’s titled “OMG, I So Need a Glass of Wine or I’m Gonna Sell My Kids” And drinking wine is so much a part of the “Real Housewives” series, that some of the woman in the series have developed their own label of wine.
Sounds nice, but the statistics about women and drinking are scary. The Wine Institute reports that women buy most of the 800 million gallons of wine a year, and they drink most of it as well! According to various health surveys, over the last ten years, the number of women arrested for drunk driving increased by 30%, while the number for men decreased by 7%. During that same period of time, women appearing drunk in hospital emergency room rose by 52%. Drinking alcohol doesn’t seem to be working that well for women (or for men either). About 10% of the population are at risk for alcoholism.
This increase in the number of women drinking wine started back to the l960’s, when California wineries began an advertisement campaign focused on women. Sales women were planted in supermarkets to provide “tastings” for women. At that time, wine was considered off-limits for women, but that soon changed. Gradually, wine became the acceptable alcoholic drink for women. Three times as many women drink wine as their preferred alcoholic beverage than men–men still prefer beer.
Some see the rising use of wine by women as part of the changing role of women in our society. Included would be the rise in the number of women who have attended college, compared with the l960’s. Another part of the rise would include women who have stepped away from careers in order to raise a family, women who found that it wasn’t an easy task talking to children all day. It affects women of all ages, not just the college coed.
Getting help as a woman for alcohol problems is not very easy. How does a woman go into rehab for 30 days when she has kids? It’s not easy, and that’s probably part of the reason why alcoholism in women is one of our society’s worst kept secrets. Maybe becoming aware of the statistics has brought it out into the open, and fortunately, there are newer treatment options becoming available, especially for women.
Question: Do you know any women who have lost control of their drinking?