April 30, 2010— -- From dumping their stash of empty liquor bottles to hiding morning glasses of wine in coffee mugs, four mothers revealed to "20/20" the intimate and destructive details of their addiction to alcohol.
They're not alone. One-third of alcoholics in this country are women, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Regrets and expectations often push women deeper into their addictions, experts say, and the double-standard and stigma associated with alcoholism often keep a woman's disease under wraps.
If you're concerned that you or someone you know may be heading for trouble with alcohol, check out the resources below.
Everyone is different but the NIAAA says up to one drink per day is a safe level of alcohol intake for most women.
How strong is your mixed drink or cocktail? NIAAA's Cocktail Content Calculator can help you keep track of how much alcohol is in your drink.
More than 1 million people submit to detox and rehab programs for alcohol addiction every year in this country.