#548: The Loaded Truth Behind Mom Wine Culture and the False Need to Wine Down with Celeste Yvonne

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Episode Summary

How often have you thought about committing weeks at a time to abstain from alcohol… but something came up so you caved earlier than you’d hoped? 

It’s happened to all of us. 

For me, even in my early to mid-thirties, I started to notice alcohol was NOT serving me. Drinking alcohol— even just a few glasses of wine at dinner— felt disruptive to my health. I put weight on fast, my brain felt scrambled, and I felt hazy and moody. 

I knew based on my feelings that my health would benefit so much more without it. 

Now, fast forward to today— I have abstained from drinking alcohol for more than a year at a time. 

The latest data is clear– there’s no safe amount of alcohol that your brain and liver can tolerate. Alcohol is a straight-up poison and a neurotoxin, and it significantly disrupts our hormones and metabolism. 

I mean, are we even surprised that our hormones are messing with how our alcohol hits the system?

And the whole concept of the wind-down is NOT doing us any favors— it’s setting us up to lose.

That’s why I brought Celeste Yvonne onto the show today to share the dangers of mommy-wine culture, and why it’s hiding an even bigger problem happening in our society. 

Now 5+ years sober, Yvonne is a better parent than ever before. And she stands by other moms in support of eliminating the pressures of drinking in motherhood. 

So join us today for this powerful conversation all about how Yvonne faced her challenges head-on and decided to quit drinking for good. 

If you’ve been feeling rundown, numb, stressed, or you just know something is off, I encourage you to consider giving up drinking for at least 14 days just see how your body shifts without alcohol in the system. 

And for more support, guidance, and tips on navigating a sober challenge, you won’t want to miss this podcast. 

So listen now and finally take charge of serving yourself more of what your body really needs… less alcohol!

Celeste Yvonne

Celeste Yvonne is a writer and a founding host of the Sober Mom Squad. She’s a certified sober coach (IAPRC) with over 20 years of experience, offering guidance on parenting, motherhood, mommy wine culture, and sobriety. 

She’s been featured in the Washington Post, Good Morning America, The Today Show, and Refinery 29. She also has written for the Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestseller So God Made a Mother. Celeste has been sober herself for over 5 years, and she advocates for mothers dealing with addiction and mental health struggles. 


“We need better postpartum support. We need better health care and maternity leave. I mean, these are all things that weigh us down and make messages like ‘mommy needs wine’ so popular.”

“I didn’t know if I was taking a break or if this was forever. But I decided I was just going to figure it out as I went.“

“I couldn’t drink the way I wanted to drink and parent the way I wanted to parent. And that for me ultimately— it came down to a choice.”

“What I realized is if something isn’t fun without alcohol, it’s probably just not very fun.”

“Alcohol does not modulate the stress response system. Alcohol does not calm the amygdala down. Alcohol does not affect the brain in a positive way.”

In This Episode

  1. The influence alcohol had on Celeste as a mother 
  2. Society’s pressure and expectations placed on moms 
  3. Why motherhood is one of the worst times for women to be drinking 
  4. Defining moments that led to limiting alcohol consumption 
  5. The repercussions that even one drink has on women 
  6. Navigating sobriety and tips for social drinking situations 
  7. Setting boundaries with others regarding drinking 
  8. Tasty alternatives to alcohol and making your own mocktails 
  9. Learning how we can better support moms and women 

All about Celeste’s Sober Mom Squad

Resources Mentioned

Get Celeste’s Book– It’s Not About the Wine on Amazon | It’s Not About the Wine on Broadleaf Books

Celeste Yvonne’s Website

Sober Mom Squad

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