Have We Normalized Female Alcoholism?
Are we covering a serious problem up with rosé?
These days, there are drinking games for everything. When you're watching The Bachelor, take a shot every time someone says "journey." When you're watching Girls, take a shot every time Lena Dunham gets naked. Instagram star The Fat Jewish has a whole wine label called "White Girl Rosé." On the show Sex & the City, Carrie practically made the Cosmopolitan famous. Women chug wine after a long day at work, sororities take jello shots at parties.
While men are typically associated with drinking, it's women who are slowly catching up.
Celebrities have normalized drinking too-- or at least we find entertainment in their over-drinking. Lindsay Lohan, Tara Reid, Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton in the early 2000's club scene back when that was a thing. The Real Housewives franchise is pretty much based off watching rich women get drunk and then throw wine on each other.
There is a whole Cosmo article entitled "Jennifer Lawrence Once Puked at an Adele Concert and Emma Stone Was There to Rub Her Back" and Amy Schumer is known to be a bit of a train wreck in real life...although she's denied it.
According to The Washington Post, "In 2013, more than a million women of all races wound up in emergency rooms as a result of heavy drinking, with women in middle age most likely to suffer severe intoxication."
Why are we drinking ourselves into oblivion? A personal essay in Cosmo about one woman's recovery from blackout drinking explains, "Women feel like they have to drink because we can now curse generously and dress scantily and fuck promiscuously and drink lavishly. But what often happens in these cultural revolutions is that so often, the liberation turns into its own form of oppression. Rather than feeling free to curse and fuck and drink whenever they want, many women in fact feel pressured to do so in order to fulfill a new stereotype, that of the Cool Girl, the Fabulous Woman, the Lovable Mess."
In an attempt to live a life without limits, did we forget to set appropriate boundaries for ourselves when it comes to drinking?
So it's important to remember: while drinking is normal, binge drinking is not. And binge drinking, surprisingly, is defined as 4-5 drinks per one sitting- or in about two hours- for a woman. While to some this might seem like a fun night out, the reality is that this new normal is actually quite problematic.
If you're blacking out, your personal life is suffering, or your idea of a good time has to involve alcohol, it might be time for you to start pumping the breaks.
Remember: there's a lot more to life out there than a glass of rosé.
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