Mum who says you should give up booze when you have kids so you’re a ‘fully present’ parent is blasted by GMB viewers

TWO MUMS appeared on Good Morning Britain today to discuss whether parents should give up drinking once they have children.

The discussion was sparked by Anne Hathaway who revealed on ITV’s Lorraine that she would be ditching booze until her youngest child turns 18.

In full support of the idea was radio presenter Janey Lee Grace who has been sober for a year and four months and appeared on GMB to discuss the benefits of giving up alcohol.

However, writer Vicki Psarias argued that there is nothing wrong with drinking responsibly around your children – and viewers at home agreed with her.

Speaking to hosts Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid, Janey explained that she would previously have up to a bottle of wine a night.

She added: “I didn't have a dramatic rock bottom.

“In my case completely high functioning no one would know there was a problem but I knew there was a problem at 3am when I woke up thinking ‘why did I finish that bottle?’

“I woke up feeling like absolute rubbish but more importantly I wouldn't have been able to drive my kid to the hospital if they needed to go in the middle of the night.

“I wasn't fully present and because of hangovers, because of drinking I wasn't everything I could be for them so I was definitely a worse parent.”

Vicki, however, said that she thinks it is important not to demonise drinking.



She argued: “I'm not drinking that much and I don't think you have to be a martyr to be a good mother either.

“My family are Greek and we were brought up very much like the French alcohol was quite a natural thing therefore it wasn't demonised it wasn't something to be abused.”

Speaking of Anne Hathaway’s decision Vicki added: “I think it's hard with Anne Hathaway because women have got all this pressure anyway and suddenly we've got this idea why is it so extreme.

“It also leads to the idea that a parent should never be without their child, I've had nights out with my friends still have a life you're entitled to a life.


“Mums and dads shouldn't feel guilty, let's not demonise it,”

Susanna Reid, who has recently admitted to cutting back on alcohol, agreed with Vicki, claiming that a glass of wine could “help with the pressure.”

She said: “After a long day when you feel absolutely run ragged I completely remember that moment that could just knock the edge of it.”

And viewers at home were in agreement that there is nothing wrong with drinking alcohol in moderation.

One dad wrote: “You don’t have to give up alcohol, just don’t get f***ing hammered! You can have a couple of drinks now and then and still be a good parent!”

Another said: “I think it’s a good for children to see adults drinking responsibly.”

Others said that they had been forced to cut down on the amount they drink because “babies and hangovers don’t mix.”

“Toddlers and hangovers… not a good mix. Once again it’s the old adage of moderation in all things. Why does everything have to be ‘all or nothing’ these days?” tweeted one mum.

Another added: “I didn’t so much quit drinking when I became a mum.. I just very quickly realised that babies and hangovers DON’T mix.”

However, there were a few parents who had made the decision to seriously cut back on the amount they drink.

One tweeted: “I don’t drink in front of my kids, I don’t drink at home. I drink socially every few months. Because I saw my mum drink daily growing up, I don’t want to be that person.”

In other parenting news a mum and dad claim they used ‘pendulum’ hypnosis to communicate with their unborn children while they were still in the womb.

And this first-time mum, 29, says her drug-free hypnobirth was entirely pain free because ‘endorphins are more powerful than morphine’.

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