Just in time for that bottle of Veuve Clicquot you and your spouse are planning to uncork on New Year’s Eve, a new study done at the University of Buffalo made some interesting discoveries about the effects of alcohol consumption on marriage.
Good news marrieds: you and your partner can booze together, or not booze together, you just can’t booze in wildly disproportionate quantities.Why? Because researchers found that alcohol had little impact on the happiness of a marriage. Rather, it was a couples’ incompatible drinking habits — a drunk and a teetotaler, for instance — which made them about 20 percent more likely to get divorced.
“It’s the difference in drinking habits — and not the imbibing itself — that leads to separation. Uneven liquor consumption hints that a couple may be less likely to socialize together, which could have a detrimental impact on their marriage, says Kenneth Leonard, Ph.D, the study’s author. “And research shows differing opinions on alcohol also hint at a lack of compatibility, which is the second-most common reason for divorce.”
So, bottoms up! Just not at different paces.
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