Ok Mummas, let’s discuss the ‘mumma needs a wine’ mentality... It seems to be a growing trend on social media, all the ‘Mama needs a wine’ memes and innuendo. I get why people drink, and many don’t have an issue. I used alcohol of a way of coping with stress throughout my late teens and early twenties. This habit slowly developed into a shocking alcohol abuse problem that left me facing a life of alcoholism had I not stopped. At 29 years old, I can proudly say that I’ve been 5 years sober now. I used every excuse in the book to use alcohol to unwind and relax at the peak of my addiction, I was blackout drunk everyday day. This is what is becoming worrying, we see so much post natal depression and anxiety. What about the women who are battling alcohol abuse because it’s become a way to deal with the stresses of parenthood. The memes and the images and captions supporting the wine o’clock mentality the second the kids go to sleep. They make it appear accepted amongst our community. Now, there is nothing wrong with enjoying a drink! It does become a concern when you’re becoming dependent on it as a way of dealing with stress or any underlying emotional issues for that matter. It’s not just joked about on social media, it’s in movies, on TV and magazines. Having a glass of wine to wind down is fine, but how much becomes too much is my question! This brings me to the ‘there’s another way’ message. If you find you’re reaching for that bottle to cope, I ask you to have a think about what you’re feeling, why are you turning to alcohol and how often?
If you’re often drinking enough to notice that you’re drinking often, that’s a start!
In times of stress and anxiety, we resort to our familiar coping strategies to get through. Whether it be reaching for a drink, emotional eating or drug use. There is no shame in admitting you have a problem, in fact it’s courageous! There are some incredible networks of support, I have linked one in my bio! Also, check out @silver_stork Instagram page to show your support and purchase one of the Tee’s like the one I’m wearing, this tee is here to help break the habit and remind you that #theresanotherway (continued in comments).