Couples Who Drink Together, Stay Together

posted: 07/21/16
by: Ashley Vazquez

When you see those cute couples still holding hands and caring for each other well into their eighties, you can't help but hope that you'll be that happy in your marriage later in life.

So what's their secret?

A new study from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, suggests that drinking together can help you keep the spark alive years and even decades into your marriage.

Researchers surveyed over 3,000 married couples who had been together an average of 33 years. They couples were interviewed about their drinking habits- having to answer questions such as how often they drank and how many drinks they had.

They also had to answer questions about the quality of their marriage, such as how often they felt annoyed with their spouse, whether their spouse was reliable, and if they thought their spouse was too critical or demanding.

The couples who drank together reported feeling happier and more satisfied with their spouses. The biggest factor wasn't how much they drank, but whether they drank at all.

When only one of the spouses drank, the other person reported feeling more dissatisfied with their marriage. This unhappiness affected wives the most, even when it was the wife who was the drinker.

The study's author, Dr. Kira Birdie, studies relationships across adulthood. She told Reuters "We're not suggesting that people should drink more or change the way they drink."

Instead, keep in mind that finding a partner who has similar values and drinking habits could factor into whether you'll be happy in your marriage as the years go by.