My answer is simple, yet complex and while my words may be curt and blunt, I in no way intend them to sound that way. I have 2 toddlers. I am a single mom. I don't have night time sitters. Therefore when they sleep at 8:00 I cannot simply go take a brisk walk. I can't even exercise because the sound of my hardwood floors wakes them up. So, after 8:00 is when the 'binge monster' sneaks up on me. I can't put my mind on other things because there is nothing so interesting for me to do that would keep my mind off the food. Nothing, that is, except other noisy activities that might wake the girls up. Laundry, cleaning the toy room, mopping, rearranging my glass house collection. I live in a very small apartment. Noise travels faster than light in here, so my only true option to avoid the binge monster is to tune him out. That could be easy enough flying solo but I am OCD, so then I get jittery and agitated and completely stress out. It's almost like a self inflicted conspiracy on my own mind. So, the wine would keep my hands busy, my mouth would have something to taste and in the meantime it would help me relax. No more jitters. No more stress. Just a drink and then sleep. Less calories in and no extra stress.
That is why I am trading my binge eating for a drink.
Maybe when the girls get older or if I am ever blessed with someone who will watch them while I take a nighttime jaunt then I can mix things up, but until then, bring on the 6oz of sangria.