Podcast Episode 198: Why More Moms Are Struggling with Alcoholism

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Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 198 of The New Family Podcast where we talk to a writer and mom about what might be behind by a rise of alcoholism among mothers.

This episode explores an uncomfortable truth, and that’s that alcoholism is on the rise among moms. One study found that problem drinking — the kind that adversely affects other areas of your life — rose a staggering 83.7 per cent among women between 2002 and 2013. My guest for this episode is writer and mom Dana Bowman, who has written frankly — and with humour — about her personal experiences with alcoholism and recovery, first in her acclaimed memoir Bottled, and now with How to Be Perfect Like Me. We talk about the range of societal factors that are contributing to an increase in drinking among moms, and what will need to change in a world of over-parenting, perfectionism and memes about “Mom’s happy juice” to address and reverse this trend.

Here are some resources related to this episode:

 

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How to Be Perfect Like Me

Dana’s website

Dana’s Momsie Blog

Momsie Blog Facebook page

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Dana’s advice for other moms who don’t know where to start with getting help for problem drinking:

 
“One of the things that you think is, ‘Am I that bad? Do I really have a drinking problem?’ I spent a good two years taking online drinking quizzes, then of course I’d check every box and then say, ‘No! Still don’t have a problem!’ So if you really do think that you are having issues, here’s the thing: Your soul is telling you for a reason. That’s your soul, that little voice right there going, ‘Hmm, I wonder if I have a problem.’ You need to listen to that. We never want to. Nobody ever really wants to quit drinking. Nobody want to stop whatever it is that makes them feel better, because it feels better. But if you’re getting to that point where it’s not making you feel better anymore, and your soul is telling you to stop, pay attention to that voice. Your inner voice is strong; it’s trying to get through all the haze of all the other stuff that’s going on in your life right now; pay attention to it because you’re valid, you’re important enough to listen to. That’s the first step.

Second step would be to get it out of you somehow: talk to someone. And that’s terrifying. Talk to a trusted friend, talk to someone who you know might be in recovery. There’s always somebody in recovery that you know. Or talk to someone who you feel is a wise, mentor-type person. And get it out. Just speak the words, because once you do that, and you have it out there, which is also terrifying, I get it, I totally do. That’s when I called my husband and I finally said out loud, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ I had never said those words. And then I also said, ‘I need help.’

Third step, for me I did the most terrifying thing and started going to some 12-step groups. They’re everywhere. I went and I sat and a listened and I knew — that’s where I belong. Is it scary, yes. But scary things in this regard are good. And if we just go back to that first thing, with the little voice, that’s little voice is trying to give you a better life and you need to listen to it because you’re worth it.”

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Brandie Weikle

About Brandie Weikle

Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by


'Podcast Episode 198: Why More Moms Are Struggling with Alcoholism' have 1 comment

  1. Cathline James

    September 3, 2018 @ 11:25 pm Cathline James

    Really important to acknowledge how easy it is for all of us to be affected adversely by social drinking. A great life-lesson for all children to see is how easy it is for adults to move through life and celebration without alcohol.

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