Science Says Couples Who Drink Together Stay Together

Similar drinking habits make for a happier marriage. 

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Love sipping scotch together? Or do you both stick to soda when socializing? Either way, it might be helping your relationship. According to a new study from the University of Michigan, couples who have the same drinking habits are more likely to be satisfied with their relationship.

For the study, published online in Journals of Gerontology B: Psychological Sciences, researchers analyzed 2,767 couples who took part in the Health and Retirement Survey between 2006 and 2012. These couples were interviewed about their drinking habits—if they drank, how often they drank, and how much they drank—as well as the negative aspects of their marriage—if their partner was too demanding or critical, or if they found their spouse unreliable or irritating.

Researchers found that couples who had the same drinking habits, either both drinking or both abstaining, were less likely to have complaints about their marriage than couples where only one partner drank. Interestingly, when a wife drank but her husband did not, it was more likely that, over time, those couples became less satisfied with their relationship.

Kira Birditt, study author, told Reuters Health that couples shouldn't drink more or change the way they drink in hopes of improving a relationship. However, she does suggest it's a good idea to abstain from drinking alcohol when your partner does, too.

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