The drinks industry has been accused of selling a “glamorous Sex and the City” lifestyle that is putting women’s lives at risk. Anne Delargy, of Alcohol Concern, claims that instead of having a cup of tea with her friends at lunchtime women are now having a couple of glasses of wine. Stay-at-home mums are then still tipsy when they get in their cars to pick up their children after school. Children end up the victims, says Delargy, who claims the drinks industry has “gone out of its way” to attract women into the drinking culture. Statistics show that middle-aged women are now drinking much more than they previously thought, partly due to larger wine glasses. Deaths from alcohol-related causes among women aged between 35 and 54 have reached unprecedented levels and now outnumber those from any other age group. The Sunday Express 28/09/08 pages 10 & 11