Working mothers driven to drink?


by Susan Wyatt


Posted on November 3, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:44 AM

For many working mothers, mommy's little helper is a glass or two of wine at the end of the day.

But sometimes a glass or two can turn into a problem. 

Being a mom is a tough job. Being a mom who also works outside the home, even more so. Just ask Alexandria Delgado.

"It's very stressful.  I'm not only a mother - I work, go to school as well as take care of the baby," she said.

How does she de-stress?

"I like wine.  I drink wine," she said.

She's not alone. There's even a very popular Facebook page called, "OMG, I so need a glass of wine or I am going to sell my kids."

The page has more than 110,000 fans.  But a series of reports by "working mother" magazine implies there may be something more serious going on.

Forty percent responding to the magazine's survey say they drink to cope with stress and 57 percent say they've misused prescription drugs.

"Some people they can stop at 2 glasses of wine.  For some people it turns into vodka and then xanax," said Dr. Kamyar Cohen, Addiction Specialist. "They feel like if they can't meet these expectations that somehow they've failed."

Others think the article is focusing on the extreme cases and see nothing wrong with the trend.

"I think I'm surprised it took them so long to catch onto our secret.  Men have been doing it for years," said Delgado.

And the women on the "I Need a Glass of Wine" Facebook page say having a place to vent makes them realize they're not alone, which even the doctor says is a good thing.

"There's a tremendous amount of therapy that goes on in group environments instead of taking a pill," said Cohen.

Research shows that women are more likely than men to hide addictions and less likely to seek treatment.