Being a new mom is one of the most beautiful gifts a woman can experience during her time on earth – but it’s also HARD.
Society seems to agree – but instead of encouraging struggling or exasperated moms to turn to Jesus…
… culture encourages them to turn to a bottle – and the “mommy wine culture” is gaining increasing popularity and is more deadly than we realize.
Drinking alcohol is still a controversial topic among Christians.
Some denominations welcome it – others despise it.
While we aren’t going to debate if Christians should drink in this article – it’s important to look at what Scripture says.
Scripture does not prohibit drinking – but it does forbid getting drunk.
This distinction is important – because the “mommy wine culture” is focused on teaching young moms they should “drink away” their worries or “pacify the stress” of being a mom.
We’ve all seen the merchandise meant to be funny with sayings like “mommy needs more wine” and even clothes for babies with sayings like “mommy drinks wine because I cry”.
But is it really harmless?
Ann Dowesett Johnston a psychotherapist and author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Alcohol weighed in on the topic.
“She points out that while the struggles of mothers of growing children are very real, the idea that alcohol is the remedy, is a lie.
“Alcohol’s been sold as the ultimate way to decompress, to cope, and to bond with other women. And it’s very dangerous,” she said.”
Sadly, many women are falling for the lie – thinking they need to drink with other mommies to “fit in” …
… or because they are “supposed to drink” as new moms.
Sadly, many women end up becoming addicted and fall into alcoholism – not to mention the physical toll it takes on women’s bodies.
Thankfully, some moms who previously used wine as a crutch are waking up to the dangers of falling into the “mommy wine culture” and are sharing a different alternative.
Kelley Manley stopped drinking and said how much being sober changed her life – and even made her a more confident mother.
“It just exacerbated my feelings of anxiety and depression, and I felt like I was betraying myself every time I drank,” she said, adding that just saying no to Mommy Wine Culture was one of the best decisions of her life. “I just feel more whole, more fulfilled, more myself when I don’t drink, and I’m also more confident in my life now in 2023 to just be a non drinker.”
She’s not alone. More moms are rejecting Mommy Wine Culture and turning to groups like Sober Mom Squad founded by Emily Paulson, who told CBN News she too, initially fell for the lie that mothers drinking alcohol “has become socially acceptable, like if it’s a mimosa at 10:00 a.m., ‘it’s fine, oh all moms drink too much.’”
“I really once believed that drinking made me a better parent because I believed it reduced the anxiety, and took the edge off, until I quit drinking and realized all these problems that I had were related to the alcohol,” she said.”
What every new mom needs (and what every single person needs) is Jesus.
He is the only one who can soothe our anxieties and bring peace.
Other things like alcohol or partying may “take the edge off” but it won’t last.
When the wine buzz wears off – your problems are still there.
So moms – don’t feel pressure to drink to fit in or be accepted – and realize there is another path – much more narrow – but it does exist.
Do you think the “mommy wine culture” is hurting young women?
Why do you think this movement has gained so much momentum?
You can post your answers to our Facebook page and join in the conversation with other believers from all around the world.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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