Cou­ples who drink to­gether stay to­gether

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If you need an ex­cuse to crack open a bot­tle tonight, this could be the per­fect ex­cuse. Cou­ples with the same drink­ing habits tend to be hap­pier than those where only one part­ner drinks, a study has found. Whether they are heavy drinkers or tee-to­tal, women in par­tic­u­lar be­come dis­sat­is­fied if they drink and their hus­band doesn’t, re­searchers said. The amount peo­ple con­sumed was less im­por­tant than whether both part­ners had the same habit of drink­ing or not drink­ing, they added.

The study’s au­thor, Dr Kira Birditt, of the Univer­sity of Michi­gan, said: “We’re not sug­gest­ing that peo­ple should drink more or change the way they drink. “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. In other words, drink­ing may not be the only rea­son they’re get­ting along,” Dr Birditt said. To come to their con­clu­sions, the team an­a­lysed re­sponses from 2767 mar­ried cou­ples who were in­volved in the long-term Health and Re­tire­ment Sur­vey. Be­tween 2006 and 2016, the peo­ple in the study had a face to face in­ter­view with re­searchers and an­swered ques­tion­naires about their drink­ing habits. They re­vealed whether they drank, how many days a week they drank and how many drinks they con­sumed in a sit­ting. Cou­ples were mar­ried for an av­er­age of 33 years and about twothirds were in their first mar­riage. They also an­swered ques­tions about the qual­ity of their mar­riage, in­clud­ing whether they thought their spouses were too de­mand­ing or too crit­i­cal, if their spouse was re­li­able when they needed help and if they found their spouse ir­ri­tat­ing. The re­searchers found that in more than half of cou­ples, both spouses drank. Hus­bands were more likely to drink than wives. But par­tic­u­larly for wives, there was a prob­lem when only one of the spouses drank. When wives drank and the hus­bands didn’t, wives re­ported they were more dis­sat­is­fied with their mar­riage. “The study shows that it’s not about how much they’re drink­ing, it’s about whether they drink at all,” Dr Birditt told Reuters Health. But she claimed drink­ing is be­com­ing an in­creas­ing prob­lem among baby boomers as they ‘seem more ac­cept­ing of al­co­hol use’. The study also shows part­ners in­flu­ence each other while they are to­gether, es­pe­cially when they are re­tired and spend­ing more time to­gether, she says. Dr Birditt sug­gests when one spouse has to stop drink­ing, it might be time for the other to con­sider tak­ing the same ac­tion.

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The study also found that part­ners in­flu­ence each other while they are to­gether, es­pe­cially when they are re­tired and spend­ing more time to­gether.

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