UK – Rising number of divorces blamed on women’s drinking

The number of divorces blamed on the women’s drinking habits has risen by 70 per cent in five years, a family lawyer has claimed.

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Some women drink socially, whilst others turn to alcohol at home in order to cope with emotional problems

So-called “Sex and the City” drinking, and the increasing number of women turning to alcohol to cope with stress, has turned on its head the clichéd idea of the wife waiting at home whilst her husband whiles away the hours in the pub.

Now a growing number of men are filing for divorce as a result of their wives’ excessive drinking, the head of family law at Slater & Gordon, Amanda McAlister, has claimed.

She said that the traditional image of a woman as a mother and housewife waiting obediently at home for her man was much less common than it was a decade ago.

Mrs McAlister sees 40 to 50 divorces a year where alcohol is a contributing factor – and in the majority of these cases the women are the problem

The number of men citing alcohol misuse as the reason that the relationship has broken down has risen by 70 per cent in the last five years, she told the Daily Mail.



Some are “Sex and the City drinkers” who socialise and network, she said, adding: “Many of the men who come to me say their wives often don’t come home until 4am.”

Others have a more serious habit and drink at home to deal with problems due to stress or depression. These women often secretly consume large amounts.

Because men are “often embarrassed” to talk about the issues they are only now coming to light, Mrs McAlister said.

She recently dealt with the divorce of a businessman from Cheshire, with three children aged seven, 11 and 14.

His wife began drinking when she lost her job and eventually became violent towards him – leading to her arrest for GBH.

He was granted custody of the children, but was forced to give up work to care for them.

Elizabeth Hicks, head of family law at Irwin Mitchell, said on behalf of family law group Resolution: “Women are catching up with men in their reaction to stressful home and work lives. More are turning to the bottle and when there are children involved the effects can be dire.”


SOURCE: The Telegraph

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