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Couples Who Drink Together Stay Together According To Study

Mark McGowan

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Couples Who Drink Together Stay Together According To Study

Relationships aren't exactly easy. They all start in pretty awkward fashion, going on boring dates trying to set an example for yourself, waiting until you're both comfortable enough to fart in front of each other.

However, once you're passed the meals and civilised glasses of wine there's a step we must all take. A step that will make or break you. That step, of course, is the sesh.

Once the missus has finally gotten herself ready and you can get out on the town and get some real drinking done, you realise that it's pretty great. And research can back this up, as according to a recent study couples who get drunk together, stay together.

The study, published in The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Series, found that those who drink with their partner had a better quality relationship over time, according to Mashable.

4,864 married people were surveyed for the research, which found that those over 50 generally had better marriages if either both drank, or both didn't. However, in couples were one person drank while the other remained sober it was found that women were more likely to find their relationship unsatisfactory.

The study asked the couples, who'd been together for an average of 33 years, how many times they drink during the week, and how many times that leads to getting proper on it. After that they asked if they found their partner 'irritating, critical or too demanding'.

"We're not sure why this is happening," Dr. Kira Birditt of the University of Michigan told Reuters, "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."

Obviously though, this isn't to say to couples go out and get drunk all the time to improve the quality of their relationship, as the study found that approximately 20 percent of men and six percent of women in the study had significant drinking problems.

"Serious heavy drinkers have disruptive relationships with people, particularly their partners," University of Michigan's Dr. Fred Blow told Reuters. "That's an important issue that should be looked at going forward."

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Topics: Drink

Mark McGowan
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