A poor re­la­tion­ship might send your health down­hill

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Leisure -

Afail­ing re­la­tion­ship won’t only af­fect you men­tally, but it may also take a toll on your phys­i­cal health. Ac­cord­ing to a new study, when a per­son’s self-worth is tied to their ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship, the ef­fect of neg­a­tive events or emo­tions is mag­ni­fied. When this hap­pens, be­liev­ing their part­ner is cheat­ing can lead peo­ple to sink into de­pres­sion, feel frus­trated and some might even­tu­ally use al­co­hol to cope, says a study.

“We all feel jeal­ousy to some de­gree. Many peo­ple are in re­la­tion­ships that are less than ideal. Many of them end up us­ing al­co­hol for dif­fer­ent rea­sons,” says lead re­searcher Dr An­gelo DiBello from the Univer­sity of Hous­ton, USA. The team ex­am­ined how dif­fer­ent types of jeal­ousy af­fect the link be­tween depend­ing on a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship for self-es­teem and hav­ing al­co­hol-re­lated prob­lems. They asked 277 peo­ple (87% fe­male) about how de­pen­dent their self-es­teem is on their ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship, the sat­is­fac­tion, com­mit­ment and close­ness in their re­la­tion­ship, their jeal­ousy and their al­co­hol use.

The re­sults re­vealed that peo­ple whose self-es­teem re­lies on their re­la­tion­ship, turn to al­co­hol to cope be­cause of jeal­ousy. These re­sults were true for peo­ple who are less sat­is­fied, and re­port feel­ing more dis­con­nected from their part­ners. “Given how com­mon jeal­ousy and be­ing in ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships are, this study helps ex­plain as­so­ci­a­tions that may neg­a­tively im­pact an in­di­vid­ual’s drink­ing,” said Dr DiBello.

“The re­sults will also high­light the as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween these fac­tors and show how our emo­tions, thoughts, and be­hav­iours are re­lated in po­ten­tially harm­ful ways,” the au­thors said.

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