Thursday, July 12, 2012

Women's Libation

I'll confess. For those of you who haven't figured it out, I'm not super-blog-savvy. No ads. No links. No pretty pictures of where I've been (I'm lucky I managed to load a pic of myself.) No video. No blogs that I'm following. No comments ... obvi.

But all that's going to change. In my ongoing research into this topic, I occasionally find groups of people who are exchanging info about drinking problems.  For instance, the Booze Free Brigade. I heard about them a few years ago through reading Stephanie Wilder-Taylor's blog - which I should be following and as soon as I learn how to follow, I will.

Ms. Wilder-Taylor is the author of "Sippy Cups Aren't For Chardonnay" and other books about motherhood - a lot of them about drinking, too. Wilder-Taylor was concerned about her problem and gave up drinking in 2009. She now works alongside the Booze Free Brigade to promote awareness of women and drinking problems. As soon as I learn how to link to them ... I'll do that here, too. :)

I haven't necessarily followed the Booze-Free Brigade, now 1000 members strong, because of the whole "booze-free" thing. But I know it's important because heavy drinking among women is a growing concern. There's been a 30% increase in the number of young women who "binge-drink" in the last thirty years. According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation which conducted a study into women's drinking habits, seniors aren't in the clear either. The number of alcohol units or individual drinks consumed by women over 65 almost doubled between 1992-2006, from 2.7 to 5.1.*

More independence means more money. More money means more booze. More booze means more problems.

When I started working on this plan almost ten years ago - long before I thought about it as a blog or something I wanted to share with people - there wasn't a lot of information about women and drinking. Caroline Knapp's "Drinking: A Love Story" was one of the few things I could find back then - and thank God I did, because it was the starting point for everything.

Knapp, like Wilder-Taylor, abstained completely when she joined A.A. Again, I was reticent to follow in her footsteps, not ready to give up my wine just yet. That's how I began to develop this plan. And ... it's definitely working for me. (For instance, today is my second cleanse day in a row ... I'm in such good spirits and had such a great day yesterday, not to mention a good sleep last night, that I completely forgot it's my last off-day for the week. Shocking! Even on days off I'm not counting the hours until my next drink.)

Anyway, lately I've noticed more and more women bloggers talking about alcohol addiction and how they're coping with it. Not all necessarily by being booze-free. I was particularly interested in an up-coming book based on the blog "Drinking Diaries" by Caren Osten Gerszberg and Leah Odze Epstein. Both women and the others who contribute to the blog write about all aspects of drinking - from abstinence to moderation to getting all-out drunk. I think they're pioneers in the growing field of women and alcohol problems and I'm looking forward to reading "Drinking Diaries" - due out in late August. And to following the blog. Which I will do ... as soon as I figure out how to do that.

Of course, it's not just my lack of a technical green thumb that has prevented me from reaching out more. I've also felt sort of like a freak. A statistically non-existent drop in the ocean. And I'm slowly beginning to realize I'm not. I'm part of a growing movement ... the women's libation movement. Which has already been coined by

Hmmm. Why is everything green now? My typing is green. See? Fak.

I'll figure it out. 

"Moms Get Real" - 08/19/2009,
Joseph Rowntree Foundation

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