Recognizing the dangers of drinking, this mom group has rules and practices moderation when it comes to alcohol: No more than one drink per play date, and everyone walks home. But some people have a hard time setting limits. Among women 25-34, one in five admits to frequent binge drinking, or consuming four or more drinks at once, according to the CDC.
Stefanie Wilder-Taylor once drank up to six glasses of wine a day. The writer and mom of three was anxious all the time and drank to cope.
“All of a sudden I was like, I don’t have an off switch,” Wilder-Taylor said. She stopped after she drove home drunk — with her kids in the car.
“I had seen her drinking, but it didn’t jump out to me as a big problem. I mean, she was entirely functional and all it takes is one escalation and suddenly your kids are at risk,” her husband, Jon Taylor, said.
Wilder-Taylor, who has been sober for almost five years, is speaking out to help other women recognize that they may have a problem. Her big message: Do not be ashamed to ask for help.