Yes, there is a question mark on this title. I’m truly not sure if my alcohol intake is absolutely normal, or if I should perhaps be concerned. Am I a functioning alcoholic? What I consume on a weekly basis drops me far outside the confines of being “low risk for an alcoholic disorder.” To do that, I would have to consume a mere seven drinks a week. The truth? Sometimes that seven is hit in two days. Easily.
Expanding on this logic: apparently, I am at risk for a disorder. I mean, I really enjoy my alcohol indulgences. However (and I’m not making excuses), I feel like I have a huge social support group behind me, telling me that my drinking habits are totally normal. That I’m not a functioning alcoholic.
Because of this, I’d love to begin a dialogue on drinking.
Let’s be honest – wine DOES seem to be the drink of choice, but there are many other options. Hop on any social media site and you find memes, blog posts, high profile accounts, and (even more so) comments endorsing the necessities of cocktails. Especially when you are a mom! I know I’ve been guilty of such endorsements. Can you relate to any of the following scenarios:
Your kid’s teacher sent home an assignment to build a house out of popsicle sticks?
Your infant won’t stop crying?
Answer: Cocktail immediately (but pump prior!)
Three-year-old on a princess terror and has turned the house upside down? Multiple times?
Answer: Hello, drink! Thanks for being here. *said while looking at your glass in a loving manner*
In my world, alcohol has always been the answer.
I grew up in a household that defined the end of the day with some sort of spirit being consumed, so I now do the same. And as a mother, there are absolutely days when I can feel the grey hairs sprouting from my scalp and new lines etching themselves into my face. I think every parent has been there. Your buttons get pushed so many times, and the warning siren of an utter shutdown is blaring. Sometimes, a simple drink sure helps temper said warning siren. Bottoms up, parents!
Is there a groundswell for alcohol advocacy in this day and age?
Or is this simply how generations before mine did life, and I just didn’t know? An image of the 1950’s “martini” mother immediately comes to mind. Fast forward 60 years – has this stereotype morphed into “mom juice” and mamas rocking wineglasses & toddlers? More importantly, is there anything wrong with this?
How much has social media influenced this behavior?
Generations before us didn’t have the internet and all of its delectables at their fingertips. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: the places where a glass of wine or a margarita is the answer to ALL THE THINGS.
How many of us here in Wine Country (and elsewhere) teeter on a tightrope of being a functioning alcoholic?
I mean, I definitely do not Rosé All Day. Ever. But there may be times that I Coffee Until Cocktails (the last coffee usually being consumed at the 5 o’clock hour). Because of this, I think that my behavior still carries a hint of dysfunction. Am I a functioning alcoholic? Are we, as a generation, technically functioning alcoholics?
As an ambassador of social media, I ask you, dear reader: Are we doing each other a disservice by answering immediately with the advice to drink?
Instead, how about an offer to come visit? To meet up for ice cream? How about scheduling a walk? Like I said earlier, let’s talk about drinking, Wine Country. Are we doing it right? Share your thoughts in the comments.