One of the trends I have noticed on Facebook lately is what I call “mommy needs wine” memes, and some of them are funny. Women (mothers or not) are not ashamed to say that they like and enjoy alcohol anymore. In fact, the percentage of women who drink is increasing.

I was really interested to read The Wall Street Journal’s article, “Why She Drinks” discussing how women approach drinking differently than men do. Whether you think moderate alcohol drinking is healthy or not (for example, moderate wine drinking can reduce a women's stroke risk, but it can also increase women's chances to get breast cancer), this topic is interesting from an emotional and physiological viewpoint as well. 

Here are a few key points to the article.

  • Nearly 650,000 people follow the Facebook page, "Moms Who Need Wine", and another 131,000 women follow “OMG, I so Need a Glass of Wine or I’m Gonna Sell My Kids.” This says as much about our drinking habits as our sense of humor.
  • An industry trade group, Wine Institute, reports that not only do women buy the lion’s share of wine sold in the U.S., but they are also its primary drinkers.
  • Between 1998 and 2007, women arrested for drunk driving rose 30 percent while male arrests actually declined.
  • Female college aged women still lead in binge drinking with the highest percentage, but 10 percent of women between 45 and 64 said they binge drink.
  • Gallup pollsters have consistently found that more educated and well-off women are, the more likely they are to imbibe. 
  • Women are more sensitive to the effects of alcohol.
  • While Alcoholics Anonymous has had great success with its male members, it may not be the right approach for many women who are addicted to alcohol. Women may need to find a different pathway to recover from alcohol addictions.
This article was intriguing as I found it fascinating that there can be a significant difference between the sexes in how they approach alcohol. 

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