Mums & Alcohol

More busy mums are hitting the bottle to cope with a stressful life.

We link binge drinking to teens, but the latest figures show a rise in drinking among older women. The Office For National Statistics says 2% of 16 to 24-year-olds drink every day but the figure doubles for the ages 25-44 and doubles again for those over 45.

Serious health risks are being stored up as 11% of people aged 25-44 and 17% of 45-64 year olds are regularly drinking on five or more days per week – a significant proportion at binge level.

Binge drinking can have immediate risks to the drinker and those around them.

Doctors are regularly seeing far more people in their 20s and 30s with cirrhosis caused by alcohol.

You can hear one mum's story here: LISTEN HERE

This Plymouth mum is now on the road to recovery but it's a far cry from a few years ago when due to her drinking her children the most precious things in her life were taken away and placed in car.

From then on it's a battle against the bottle, depression and doing enough to turn her life around.