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In a TODAY.com survey, almost 40 percent of respondents said drinking helps them cope with the stress of being a parent and more than one-third said they have mom friends who they think have a problem with alcohol.

Wine is the beverage of choice, with more than half of respondents naming it as their preferred alcoholic drink.

Companies have noticed, creating wine brands targeting stressed out moms, with names like Mad Housewife, Mommy’s Time Out and Mommy Juice. Sales are up 25 percent.

On a recent play date in California, a group of women sipped wine from glasses as their kids played nearby.

“This is our liquid therapy,” one of the moms told TODAY.

“It makes me feel human again after I’ve been beaten down all week,” added another.

“Moms should be allowed to relax and kick back… and have their Mommy Juice and not be judged for it,” said a third.

Recognizing the dangers of drinking, this mom group has rules and practices moderation when it comes to alcohol: No more than one drink per play date, and everyone walks home. But some people have a hard time setting limits. Among women 25-34, one in five admits to frequent binge drinking, or consuming four or more drinks at once, according to the CDC.

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How do you know if you have a drinking problem? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism suggests these questions to ask yourself:

  • Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?
  • Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
  • Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?
  • Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?