The clock rolls round to 6pm and it’s a pretty natural occurrence in our house to find me with a glass of vino whilst cooking the tea or prepping things for tomorrow. This is my daily treat to me and I see absolutely nothing wrong with a glass of wine at the end of the day. Hurrah, it’s finally wine o clock!
As a stay at home mum juggling the household and working on social media accounts come the end of the day that glass of wine cheers me up and relaxes me; gently easing away the stresses and hair tearing moments that I usually experience.
I like my ‘wine o clock’ time – the way wine softens the hard edges of the day, smoothes out the line between “kids time” and “my time.” There’s nothing different in me having a drink after my hard day than the city working heading to the pub with his friends or the working mum’s going for a drink with the girls.
It also seems I am not alone. With the latest government statistics showing that behind the closed doors of Britain’s middle-class homes, drinking has reached an all-time high. With middle-class women being twice as likely to be heavy and regular drinkers as any other class or sector of society.
Almost one in five women drinks to excess — and the number drinking more than the recommended number of units has grown by a fifth over the past decade, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.
I rarely drink more than two glasses in the week – I am well aware that in the house is a little girl who could need me at the drop of a hat. Most nights it is one glass and the top goes back on the bottle.
Daddy E doesn’t drink anymore and so I tend not to drink loads around him, but for me I’ve lost pretty much every other social aspect of ‘me’ and that glass of Chardonnay or Merlot when the lights are out and One Born Every Minute is on is my time and I am dammed if I am giving it up.
Wine o clock is my own little social hour – for some it’s chocolate – for me it’s a cool glass of Chardonnay.
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