Mommy Wine

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 2:14pm

Virtual therapy for mommies who turn to wine to unwind.

For many working mothers, mommy's little helper is a glass or two of wine at the end of the day. But sometimes a glass or two can turn into a problem.

Being a mom is a tough job. Being a mom who also works outside the home adds another level of stress.

Just ask Alexandria Delgado.

Mother Alexandria Delgado says "it's very stressful. I'm not only a mother, I work, go to school as well as take care of the baby."

So how does she de-stress?

Alexandria says "I like wine. I drink wine."

She's not alone. So many working moms turn to wine to unwind, there's a very popular Facebook page called, "Oh My God, I so need a glass of wine or I am going to sell my kids."

The page has more than 110,000 fans. But a series of reports done by Working Mother magazine implies there may be something more serious going on.

40% responding to the magazine's survey say they drink to cope with stress and 57% say they've misused prescription drugs.

Addiction specialist Dr. Kamyar Cohen says "some people they can stop at 2 glasses of wine. For some people it turns into vodka and then Xanax."

Dr. Kamyar cohen is an addiction specialist with Renaissance Malibu.

Dr. Cohen says “they feel like if they can't meet these expectations that somehow they've failed."

But others think the article is focusing on the extreme cases and see nothing wrong with the trend.

And the women on the "I need a glass of wine" Facebook page say having a place to vent makes them realize they're not alone. It's virtual therapy which even the doctor says is a good thing.

Dr. Cohen says "there's a tremendous amount of therapy that goes on in group environments instead of taking a pill."

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