Couples Who Drink Together, Stay Together
A new study states that couples who actively drink together find that over time, they see less negative qualities about one another.
The research, published by The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Series, includes a survey of 2767 couples who have been together for an average of 33 years. The couples were asked how often and how much they drank.
The statistics show that couples, especially those over the age of 50, had a stronger marital connection if either both partners drank at the same time or if both partners abstained from drinking alcohol completely. However, if one person drinks while the other does not, the couples were more apt to have an unhappy relationship.
The University of Michigan’s Dr. Kira Birditt told Reuters: “We’re not sure why this is happening, 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, it’s about whether they drink at all.”
Personally, I was surprised by the new data, as I would have assumed there would be more fighting between spouses when alcohol was involved. A more toxic situation. However, after reviewing the study, it seems that as long as you and your spouse are on the same page and agree to follow similar drinking guidelines, you can either strengthen or maintain a happy life together. But if one person is a heavy drinker and the other is not, this may set you up for failure.
So while I’m not promoting going out and getting wasted, feel free to drink up! Just do it together.