Ladies and gentleman, we have some very interesting news – according to recent research apparently, couples who drink together are more likely to stay together!
A study published in The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Series, found that those who drink with their partner had a ‘better quality relationship over time’.
4,864 married individuals were surveyed for the study – the results found that those over 50 generally had better marriages if either both partners drank, or both didn’t...
So, if you and your partner have similar drinking habits – you’re on the right track for a longer, healthier relationship!
However, the 10 year research project found that in couples where one person drank, while the other remained sober, that women were more likely to find their relationship unsatisfactory.
The study, which took place over a period of ten years asked the couples (who’d been together for an average of 33 years..) about their drinking habits – whether they drank, how many days a week they drank and how many drinks they had each day… around two-thirds of couples were in their first marriage.
“We’re not sure why this is happening,” Dr. Kira Birditt of the University of Michigan told Reuters, “but it could be that couples that do more leisure time activities together have better marital quality – The study shows that it’s not about how much they’re drinking, rather, it’s about whether they drink at all.”
However, we definitely aren’t suggesting couples go out and get wasted together all of the time in order to improve the quality of your relationship, as consuming excess alcohol can sometimes be detrimental to a relationship as well as your health.
Elaine Hindal, Chief Executive of the alcohol education charity Drinkaware said: “Alcohol can also have a negative effect on relationships if not drunk in moderation. Alcohol works on the brain to lower our inhibitions which can lead you to say something in an argument which you may come to regret…”