A Closer Look: Women and Wine

There are many ways for people to gather for entertainment or relaxation. For women in today’s society, wine has become a major part of that. In 2014, Fairbanks will host a lunch and learn, “Women, Wine and Wisdom,” to educate women about the relationship between women and wine. Susan Day, Fairbanks Regional Relationship Manager, is organizing this event to bring awareness to the dangers of excessive wine consumption.

Social settings have presented opportunities for women to incorporate wine while with friends and family.

“There was a time when women would say let’s meet over coffee, but that has now turned into meeting over wine,” Day said. “Today, there are so many ways to include wine socially such as wine tastings and by using wine pairing menus at restaurants.”

Different reality television shows have also normalized wine drinking for women, especially mothers, as not only a social beverage of choice, but a relaxation method. There are numerous social media groups that also downplay the seriousness of the problem such as one group called, “Moms Who Need Wine.”

“Women are drinking wine as a stress reliever, to self medicate and to socialize,” Day said.

Medical articles have also encouraged people to drink red wine to maintain good health, specifically with the heart.

“There are a lot of people that believe the more wine the better, but excessively drinking it can lead to health issues such as liver disease, heart disease and pregnancy complications,” Day said. “Women need to know how much is too much in order to avoid these complications.”

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a standard five ounce glass of wine has about 14 grams of pure alcohol. Based on that, moderate daily drinking for a woman includes one glass.

Binge drinking is a common way to excessively drink that many people don’t even realize they are doing. Binge drinking for women is consuming 4 or more drinks, in about 2 hours.

Day encourages women to learn more about what their limits are when it comes to consuming alcohol and seek alternative social activities.

If you are struggling with alcohol, call a professional at Fairbanks today. Visit www.fairbankscd.org for additional information about our programs and services or call 800.225.4673.