Hitting the mommy juice too hard? Experts warn of alcohol abuse by moms

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.

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