Rising Number Of Divorces Are Blamed On Female Drinking

Amanda McAlister says divorces blamed on women's drinking habits has risen 70 per cent in five years

The number of divorces due to women’s drinking habits has risen, a leading family lawyer has claimed.

Head of family law at Slater & Gordon Amanda McAlister says divorces blamed on women’s drinking habits has risen a staggering 70 per cent in five years.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, McAlister said she sees 40-50 divorces a year where alcohol is a contributing factor, the majority of which are cases where women are the problem.

She said: ‘Many of the men who come to me say their wives often don’t come home until 4am.’

McAlister cited a recent divorce she dealt with, that of a businessman from Cheshire, who has three children aged seven, 11 and 14.

When his wife lost her job she turned to alcohol, becoming more violent and was later arrested for GBH.

Speaking on behalf of family law group Resolution, Elizabeth Hicks, head of family law at Irwin Mitchell, said: ‘Women are catching up with men in their reaction to stressful home and work lives. More are turning to the bottle and when there are children involved the effects can be dire.’


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