"Stella Mednik, 34, [immigration lawyer], of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, has been hit with a slew of charges including drunk driving, criminal possession of a controlled substance, four counts of serious injury, leaving the accident scene and refusal to take a breath test, sources say." - New York Post, December 11, 2014. Here is that coverage.
If the allegations about immigration attorney Stella Mednick are proven, then she has plenty of company. There is a global epidemic of female professionals who drink alcohol and get into trouble. That trouble doesn't necessarily have to be with the law. It could be a kind of sin of omission. She is passed over for a promotion. Then starts a downward trajectory since she blames others.
So many books and articles have been published about this phenomenon. In fact, for the subject to get any attention in 2014, it has to take a different angle. One could be, for example, about how 12-step recovery programs are not the ideal fit for females. Here is a recent briefing sheet on women and alcohol by the CDC.
There are myriad theories why educated females are engaging in the eventually self-defeating activity of drinking too much alcohol.
Some contend, for instance, it is a habit developed in college. Women find it an easy way to relax. Also, it's used when socializing so that reinforces memories of good feelings.
The habit continues as the pressures of career build. Then, for those who have families, the need to just-relax can keep escalating. Given that so many other single working women, wives and mothers are also boozing, this seems perfectly okay.
Along the way disasters such as fetal alcohol syndrome can happen. The women are drinking when they conceive. They may not recognize they are pregnant until the damage is done.
Another disaster, as could be with Mednik, is an arrest for DUI. That can appear in the media. Of course, the consequences, professional and personal, can be huge.
A third is losing custody of children. If the powers-that-be determine the mother isn't a good candidate for sustained sobriety, the children can be made eligible for adoption. I bore witness to that in a women's support group.
Alcohol can bring down more career women than any gender bias in the workplace.