The first thing I thought when representative Ann Kirkpatrick announced Wednesday that she will receive treatment for alcohol dependence was: “Good for her.”
Kirkpatrick, 69, a Democrat representing the 2nd Arizona Congressional District, suffered a fall last week. She will recover from her wounds with physiotherapy.
He also revealed in a statement the underlying cause of his fall: “From next week, I will receive a treatment that has cost me to ask, to treat my dependence on alcohol.”
Statistics confirm what women looking for a glass of wine when we get home from work already know. More of us are drinking, and we are drinking more.
We are not the first women to drink, but we can be the first to do so openly, with our drunk Bunco nights, book clubs and happy hours.
Many of us live at a punitive pace. We are eager for money, our children and parents, and for adapting to the aging of bodies, empty nests and increasing pressure at work.
It is easy to serve a half glass of wine while preparing dinner, and then another.
(Women also tend to underestimate how much we drink. It was one Glass of wine. OK, so it was a Very. Big. Glass.)
A little wine is good for us, we say. We monitor it, we take 10 days off to drink alcohol, we dry up in January and we know when we have had enough.
Some women can’t do that. Something happens, an accident or a fall. And it can be difficult to admit that we need help.
We drive so much that we think we can handle everything.
“The hard work and determination, which have brought me success in life, have not been enough to win this battle,” Kirkpatrick wrote.
He is a wife, mother, grandmother and representative.
“I know that I must improve to do my best in each of these roles,” Kirkpatrick wrote.
Good for her.
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