Women and Drinking: Week of April 23

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Here's a roundup of notable things that happened this week. We'll start sending these out as newsletters soon -- stay tuned for that. As always, if you have a tip, please send it to us: tellbetterstories2018@gmail.com or message us on IG (@tellbetterstories2018) or Facebook.

 

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In The Headlines

Time, please: is drinking becoming as socially unacceptable as smoking? (The Guardian, April 23)

"...Nondrinkers became isolated – not out of preference, but because British social life has been entirely organised around alcohol. Booze sat at the head of the table at dinner parties, dominated the dancefloor and landed deals at lunch meetings.

But over the past decade, that culture has shifted. It has certainly been difficult to avoid the news that alcohol isn’t good for you. The most recent reminder came last week, care of a Lancet paper, reporting that every glass of wine or pint of beer over the daily recommended limit will cut half an hour from the expected lifespan of a 40-year-old."

It’s Time To Rethink How Much Booze May Be Too Much (Vox, April 24)

"Because it turns out the story about the health effects of moderate drinking is shifting pretty dramatically. New research on alcohol and mortality, and a growing awareness about the rise in alcohol-related deaths in the US, is causing a reckoning among researchers about even moderate levels of alcohol consumption."

Moms and Alcohol: Megyn Kelly Today: We wrote about this earlier in the week, and the important segment examining moms and alcohol, as well as the pressures surrounding modern motherhood. 

Lifestyle/Trend

‘You Can Never Have Too Many Mimosas’: How  Brunch Became The Day-Wrecking Meal That America Loves to Hate."

This story takes a look at the brunch trend gone off the rails in DC. The reporting and writing are good; including it here because of the references to excessive drinking. 

"Now, Sunday morning looks an awful lot like Saturday night. “I remember people just falling out of La Boum into the tree box,” said Lynch. “And I was like, ‘This is not a good look for you. Or me.”"

Good Job

Here's an update to the outreach by @LuckiestMama, which we wrote about a few weeks ago She wrote a note to a local doula organization that was hosting an event called “Moms Need Drinks.” @luckiest.mama explained why this was problematic (go back in feed and blog for full thread) and the organization changed the name of the event/ Now it’s called “Moms Need Moms,” which is a theme we can get behind! From @LuckiestMama's IG: 

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Perhaps ‘Mama Needs Her Wine’ Should Not Be The Catchphrase For Motherhood

This post was written by Amy Lemley Bailey,, who also lives in my community of Birmignham, Alabama. She's the editor behind MyScoop, an online publication geared toward Southern women. Here's an excerpt of the post she published this week, which reflected on her own drinking and the mom-wine culture. 

"On any given night half the posts I see pop up on social media are about drinking. Almost every event is centered around alcohol. I was recently invited to an event sponsored by the Baptist Health Foundation (two key words here ‘Baptist’ and ‘Health’) entitled Women and Wine. There’s Bourbon and Bacon, Champagne and Cupcakes, Corks For A Cure and the list of events goes on mainly in the name of some health-related non profit. Even event industry professionals are noticing the alarming rates at which people are consuming alcohol. Event manager Julius Solaris, “The amount of alcohol being served at events is concerning. As an industry we need to step it up and take responsibility for our attendees.”

Do Better

This was posted to @BarrysBootcamp Instagram.  As a reader pointed out, "How about a Cigarettes and Cardio class? Or maybe a Pilates and Painkillers?" Makes you think. (For the record, we're against the use of alcohol and alcohol-related messaging in fitness/wellness spaces and marketing. If you want to drink, fine, but for companies that align themselves with health to actively promote alcohol use in relation to physical activity: thumbs down. 

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