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Marriages are happier when both partners have the same drinking habits
In general, you should be careful with the consumption of alcohol. Alcohol can cause headaches and nausea and can significantly harm our health. But researchers have now discovered that alcohol consumption can also have positive effects. Married couples tend to be happier if they have similar drinking habits.
In a ten-year research project, scientists from the University of Michigan found that married couples' relationships are more harmonious and happy if both partners have similar drinking habits and not just one partner drinks alcohol. The doctors published the results of their study in the journal "The Journals of Gerontology: Series B: Psychological Series".
Study examines over 2,700 married couples for their drinking habits and the quality of their marriage
Analysis of data from a representative national sample of heterosexual couples in the United States has now found that women in particular are unsatisfied in their relationship when they are the only alcohol-drinking part of the partnership. For their study, the American researchers examined more than 2,700 couples over the age of 50.
Even abstinence from alcohol improves happiness
The research clearly showed that couples had better marriages overall if either both partners drank alcohol or if both spouses abstained from alcohol, the doctors say. If only one of the partners drank, the relationships were more unfortunate.
Study should not be a call to alcohol consumption
Of course, we don't want to urge people to drink more alcohol now, says author Dr. Kira Birditt from the University of Michigan. Under no circumstances should you change your drinking habits. It is not certain why these effects occur when both spouses have the same drinking habits. It could be because couples with more leisure activities together can enjoy better marriage quality, adds Dr. Birditt added.
The Germans drink excessive alcohol
Of course, alcohol is drunk in almost every country; in France, for example, people like to drink wine with food, in Italy there is often a grappa after a meal. But Germans drink excessive alcohol compared to other countries in the world. In Germany in particular, the so-called after-work beer is part of everyday life for many people. However, if consumption becomes the norm after work, there can be serious health risks.
Parents have a massive impact on their children's drinking behavior
Especially in adolescents, alcohol consumption can quickly become a first problem. Adolescents often overestimate themselves when drinking alcoholic beverages. The consequences can usually be determined the next day and become noticeable as nausea, vomiting and headache. However, it has been proven that parents have a significant influence on the alcohol consumption of minors. Through their upbringing and exemplary use of alcohol, they can control their child's drinking behavior positively.
Subjects had to answer a number of questions over a period of ten years
In the new study, participants answered questions about their drinking habits. The researchers' interviews were conducted over a period of ten years. The subjects had to answer whether they drank alcohol, how many days a week they drank alcohol and how many alcoholic beverages they consumed on these days.
More than half of all couples examined drank alcohol
On average, the couples were married for 33 years, and this was their first marriage in about two thirds of the subjects. Experts say that both spouses drank alcohol in more than half of all couples examined. In general, the women in the study drank less than their men. But women were particularly unhappy in their marriage when they were the only alcohol users. So it's not about how much you drink, it's about whether you drink alcohol at all, says Dr. Birditt.
Further research on the subject is urgently needed
Alcohol consumption can become a serious problem in older adults. The results of the study showed that around 20 percent of men and 6 percent of women surveyed had significant alcohol problems. Heavy drinkers usually have disturbed relationships with other people, especially with their partner. Further investigations should deal with this special problem in the future, says Dr. Fred Blow from the University of Michigan. (as)
How do I notice an alcohol problem?
Sometimes people may not even be aware that they have a problem with alcohol. How can I actually tell that I have a so-called alcohol problem? For many people, drinking alcohol is part of everyday life. Alcohol has often simply become part of social and cultural life. If you drink a glass of wine or a beer in the evening, this is certainly not a cause for concern. However, if you can't live without alcohol for two days, you should be concerned. If you are having trouble getting through such a short break without alcohol, this is the first warning sign of an alcohol problem. (as)