Starting a new thread about drinking and alcoholism for women over 40. According to research articles, it’s on the rise in particular since the pandemic started. Women in midlife are under great pressure with changing work and career conditions (working from home or in some cases being forced to go back in person, or being let go due to ageism), looking after children (perhaps as a single mom), from divorce, looking after elderly parents, or from empty nest. This article highlights how women metabolize alcohol differently and how it impacts the female body.
I’ve definitely had a handful of friends who have asked me this: Do I drink too much? Some know they have a problem but aren’t ready to deal with it. Others are not sure if they do or not. My answer to them is, unless you’re ready to make a change for you, I can’t tell you what to do or what I think. It’s not my place to make that judgement.
I do agree it’s become very normalized for women to drink and drink excessively. Whether it’s mom’s wine-o-clock, or the whole “slay all day then rose” adage, women are encouraged to drink more and drink like their male counterparts.