Middle-aged mothers are Britain’s worst ‘hidden drinkers’, experts warn

hidden drinking mothersFinally the spot-light finds my demographic.  The one that I knew was here because it describes me.

45-64 *raises hand*

female *keeps hand up*

parent *yep*

drinking at home *check*

This was in The Telegraph in December:

Middle-aged mothers whose children have left home are becoming the “fastest-growing group of hazardous drinkers”, experts have warned.

Two-fifths admit drinking as much or more than their grown-up children, according to a poll, while a quarter say they have increased their alcohol intake since their children flew the nest.

While young people are drinking less, preferring to binge on weekends than drink every day, their mothers are more likely to consume alcohol on a daily basis at home.

They do not tend to get drunk but, because they drink every day, their weekly intake can far surpass the recommended amount.

Dr Sarah Jarvis, a GP and medical adviser to charity Drinkaware, said that is has become more socially acceptable to drink at home, meaning people drink more than they would if they were out at a bar or pub.

“Whilst many believe it is the 20-somethings who are drinking too much, we are actually seeing an epidemic amongst British women aged 45 to 64,’ she told the Daily Mail.

“This is the fastest-growing group of hazardous drinkers who are putting their health at risk.

“Women in this age group seem to be drinking more alcohol, more regularly – whether at home alone or out socialising.

“Many are unaware that a couple of glasses of wine each day can cause as much, if not more, damage than the binge drinking associated with many university students.”

A YouGov survey of 500 mothers over 45 whose children had left home found that 28 per cent admitted they drank more than their children, while 14 per cent said they drank about as much.

A quarter said they had been drinking more since their children left home. The research was funded by drugs firm Lundbeck, which makes medication that reduces the desire for alcohol.

The findings suggest that the vast majority of middle-aged women do not realise the health implications of their alcohol consumption.

Some 95 per cent of those surveyed said they were not concerned about their level of drinking and did not believe it was impairing their health.

Meanwhile, adults aged 18 to 24 were nearly twice as likely to be worried about the negative effects of drinking on health.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development this year put educated British women top of global league table of alcohol abuse.

Figures from Public Health England revealed hospital admissions linked to alcohol grew three times quicker among women than men last year.

The number of women over 60 to undergo formal alcohol-dependency programmes has increased 65 per cent in five years, with this age group now making up one in ten female alcoholics.

So okay this research was sponsored by a firm wishing to sell it’s product to help with this ‘problem’ so we have to be wary of the source however that does not change the findings.  If you are reading this and fit that demographic too and would like to cut down or quit please reach out to me on email and I will do my best to help 🙂

4 thoughts on “Middle-aged mothers are Britain’s worst ‘hidden drinkers’, experts warn

  1. Unfortunately I am in this demographic & I would say this is true for other Aussie women in this demographic as well

    1. Hi Anne-Marie Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog! I think we are sadly the biggest hidden demographic across the globe but atleast we are reaching out to each other out here in the ethernet 🙂

  2. I am in this category but it started through loneliness and having a teenage family…not lonely now and two out of four have flown the nest but the habit remains? This is my year of change but I recognise I need support…and suggestions.
    Thank you for posting this particular article plus the one about over the limit in the morning. how many mums would pass on the school run these modern times?

    1. Hey ginny71 Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog 🙂 If I can help you with any suggestions or support just ask. I have a blog post coming up abut that very question in the next few weeks!

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