The World Health Organization says that alcohol abuse is now the third-leading cause of death and disability in the world. Young women, aided by a culture that glamorizes “partying” and cocktail hours and associates alcohol with independence and success, are succumbing to abuse and addiction at ever-increasing rates. Mothers are not immune. Books like “Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay” (2006) celebrate the “I’m still hip!” wine-swilling mom whose evenings (and even play dates) revolve around alcohol. They perpetuate the deeply dangerous view that drinking and motherhood are a perfectly acceptable mix, and make it easier to deny a problem that the drinker is often the last person to recognize. There is nothing glamorous about it: acute alcohol abuse in women leads to higher rates of breast cancer, weakens the heart, reduces brain function and ultimately destroys organs, one at a time. (via Whitney Houston, My Mother and Addiction - NYTimes.com)

The World Health Organization says that alcohol abuse is now the third-leading cause of death and disability in the world. Young women, aided by a culture that glamorizes “partying” and cocktail hours and associates alcohol with independence and success, are succumbing to abuse and addiction at ever-increasing rates. Mothers are not immune. Books like “Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay” (2006) celebrate the “I’m still hip!” wine-swilling mom whose evenings (and even play dates) revolve around alcohol. They perpetuate the deeply dangerous view that drinking and motherhood are a perfectly acceptable mix, and make it easier to deny a problem that the drinker is often the last person to recognize. There is nothing glamorous about it: acute alcohol abuse in women leads to higher rates of breast cancer, weakens the heart, reduces brain function and ultimately destroys organs, one at a time. (via Whitney Houston, My Mother and Addiction - NYTimes.com)