Wine-drinking mothers getting implants to quit
Ireland's leading addiction counsellor has warned that problem drinking among middle-aged women is worsening to crisis proportions.
Dr Hugh Gallagher, a GP co-ordinator in the HSE addiction service, told the Sunday Independent that an implant, containing a drug called Naltrexone, is the new go-to treatment for women in their 30s, 40s and 50s who have developed a dependency on alcohol. Warning against the wine-drinking culture of 'ladies who lunch' and middle-class women who have become accustomed to a bottle of wine in the evenings to shake off the strain of the day, Dr Gallagher said the increase in wine consumption is partly caused by newly defined gender roles, which are placing more pressure and expectations on women.
On changing social habits, he also said catch-ups with female friends traditionally had over tea now largely centre around wine.