Monday, June 22, 2009

Here We Go Again

The headline:

Some moms resume substance abuse after their baby's born

The rest is as bad as it leads us to expect:

Women are pretty good about avoiding substance abuse while pregnant, but a new report suggests that their alcohol use remains high and that many resume drinking, smoking and using marijuana within three months of their baby's arrival.


Delany says the study highlights the importance of getting the message out to women to not resume substance use after pregnancy.

"It's just something we need to work better on as a nation," he says. "Women just aren't stopping the way we would hope."

Now, I understand that breast feeding may require longer abstinence for mothers. But this study doesn't even ask whether the fathers of newborn drink or smoke cigarettes or marijuana. Neither does it say anything at all about the rest of us, nosir. Instead, we are given a fairly explicit sermon directed only at mothers.