It’s a dubious equality that women now drink as much as men. One, because women aren’t as often drinking for pleasure. Many drink just to cope. Two, because alcohol-related illnesses catch up with women more quickly than men.
For nearly a century, women have been closing the gender gap in alcohol consumption, binge-drinking and alcohol use disorder. What was previously a 3-1 ratio for risky drinking habits in men versus women is closer to 1-to-1 globally, a 2016 analysis of several dozen studies suggested. (SOURCE)
Yet, recovery still happens when we who are in remission from our disease share the suggestions that still make a daily difference Here’s some information worth perusing: ALCOHOLISM: articles from the GUARDIAN.
A nagging problem is women suffer health effects more quickly than men. And this in a season of craziness that few foresaw. (Women, Alcohol and Covid)
COVID, etc. may have pulled the rug out from many women — and men — forcing all of us to face our lack of control over people places and things. Some of us chose to believe we therefore were entitled to a little extra wine, beer, or booze — and we wound up on an elevator headed places we had not meant to go.
A younger friend on Facebook, describing the craziness of her “normal” situation, suggested an approach that is sobriety-meme worthy:
I have come to believe I am the only one who controls my attitude, my actions, my thoughts, and my mouth — which I can still be too quick to open without thinking or praying.
I’ve also accepted, taking control of myself is more successful when I do it with a loose hand; especially when when I pass on beating myself up for the past.
My Higher Power doesn’t beat me up. Nor does He pounce on those asking for help!
That’s an equality we can all share! (Faith in a Higher Power Whose Strength is Personal Kindness )
Here’s a link to why I can use a looser hand when getting a grip on myself: PSALM 103. Read it out-loud!
Accepting and coming to believe the HOPE I have, that I can change, and the HELP to change is how I taking control of what I can, today. ACCEPTANCE is a handy key to all sorts of locks.
So is praying — like that our dubious drinking equality stats includes equal recovery stats.
Thanks for reading!
Love in Christ,
Sober and Grateful
P.S.: You also might like that what helped me last year, works this year, too (Recovery in a Pandemic)