In a recent thread, commenter Deti suggested that wives should not drink and Yoda seconded the notion. I wrote something terse about alcoholism and stay at home mothers. It was then suggested that I write a post. To the reader, understand that this is first hand experience. I am relating experiences about my mother.
The problem with drinking and stay at home moms is that there is no check on their behavior. If she had to work, she would be expected to show up sober. In my mother’s case the drinking started when she prepared dinner and it would continue until bedtime. To minimize our exposure as kids, we ate separate from our parents and stayed away from the kitchen. My father would do as much. There were frequent blow ups. It all started when I was eight or nine and it didn’t stop until I moved out of the house.
I am not writing this to elicit sympathy but to warn, excessive drinking by women is a serious problem that will not go away by itself. Maybe a few you have anecdotes to share.