Mums turning to alcohol to deal with pressure of being 'perfect'

More mothers are now getting inclined towards alcohol to cope up with the pressure of becoming 'supermums' to their kids, a new study has revealed. This lifestyle of mothers is putting their children at risk of depression and anxiety.

Alcohol misuse within families is an 'escalating concern', according to Turning Point, a charity providing services for people with complex issues, including drug and alcohol misuse and mental health problems, the Daily Express reported.

In its new study, the organisation has cautioned that 2.6 million children in the UK are living with a parent who drinks at hazardous levels. Between 2010 and 2011, 12,248 people used Turning Point's alcohol treatment services and almost half (5,326) of them were parents including more than a third (1,925) mothers.

The parents' average alcohol consumption was 30 units per day, 24 for mothers and 33 for fathers, which is almost 10 times the recommended limit. The report revealed that a key issue was that mothers often feel under pressure to be 'perfect' and alcohol was a way of coping with the demands of motherhood.

"Some said a lack of support from their partners was a trigger for their drinking," the report said "Others were drinking at least three nights a week and consuming more than 70 units - the equivalent of nearly eight bottles of wine." 

"Their drinking was often in secret when their children had gone to bed," the report added.

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