http://www.theage.com.au/news/diet/a-girls-big-night-in/2008/04/03/1206851067850.html

by Helen Signy of TheAge

hhhmmmm…
this kind of resonated with me upon reading, so suggest you do same
if its happens to read like “oh my goodness, that’s me!”…
then maybe it’s time to take a good hard look at yourself, or not…

Among the tales of nappies and sleep deprivation, there is one topic of conversation that often crops up when new mothers get together: alcohol. There was no evidence that the women were actually drinking at high levels – just that talking about drinking was a way of helping them make what for many middle-class women is a very difficult transition into motherhood.

By talking about drinking they were able to reassure themselves and each other that they were, deep down, still the same independent women they had been [before motherhood]…

this particular bit really did make me chuckle…

“Hazardous? Swimming with sharks is hazardous. But now, apparently, splitting a bottle of wine with my husband over dinner is as potentially injurious to my health.

“And now we’re supposed to spend our evenings with a measuring jug instead of a wine glass, muttering: ‘I’ll just have a 125ml unit.’ Do I drink too much? Should I cut down? The guilt of my Sunday school years remains. When I’m dragging the crate of empties to the recycling plant, I try to still the rattling, or I trill ‘We had a party!’ to anyone nearby.

“The guilt sets in before I’ve even bought a bottle. I read up on wine with low tannins and low alcohol content, and search the shelves for those with an 11 or 12 per cent alcohol by volume, rather than just picking up the ones that taste the best – which almost always tend to be more alcoholic.

“When it comes to the actual drinking, I try to down a glass of water for each glass of wine. The result is that most of the pleasure – which is surely the point – has gone from an evening’s relaxation because I spend most of the time counting. And not just my intake – my husband’s, too. (‘Did you have another unit when I went to the loo?’)

“Now, a house without an opened bottle of wine in the evening is one I’ve yet to encounter but the vast majority of us are wise in our consumption. We know when enough is enough.

“What’s missing is not just a sense of proportion but a sense of humour. As one correspondent on the Telegraph website wrote: ‘Cut down on drink? How in the name of Satan’s pants are us ugly people going to have sex?”‘

cheers!!