So the new issue of Sacramento magazine is out, and we were struck by this story "tease" on the cover: "MARTINI MOMS: WOMEN AND ALCOHOL."
That was enough to get me to open the periodical. I turned to the contents page and read the extended teaser: "Is alcohol a problem among local stay-at-home moms? We take a look."
Well, I took a look, too. And the answer was a resounding...uh, well, Sac mag couldn't really answer the question. Reporter Cathy Cassinos-Carr tried her best, apparently, but it turned out to be a gigantic nonstory. Check out the story yourself here.
Here are some excerpts:
* "But when pressed for a referral to local women to interview for this article, she responds with a short list of bloggers from Texas, the Bay Area and Southern California — no one local. Still, Jennifer figures they’re out there."
* “ 'I don’t know if local moms are out there drinking on afternoon play dates,” says Christy S. Waters, M.D., an addiction psychiatrist with Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento. “We’ve not heard these stories from our patients. But that doesn’t mean it’s not happening.' ”
* "Nikki Buckstead-Pane, CEO of the Sacramento office of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, says it isn’t a trend she’s heard about, either."
* "Molly, who juggles a full-time job with being a wife and mother (she has a 2-year-old daughter), says she doesn’t know any moms who partake in daytime drink-a-thons."