A new study concludes that heavy drinking isn't a marital deal-breaker -- so long as both spouses are consuming the same amount of alcohol.
Researchers at the University at Buffalo followed 634 couples through the first nine years of marriage and discovered that couples who drink similar amounts of alcohol on average are more likely to have a successful marriage than couples who differ in their drinking patterns.
Specifically, 50 percent of couples in which one partner was imbibing significantly more than their spouse ended up divorcing. However, that number dropped to 30 percent for couples who possessed similar drinking habits, regardless of if they were heavy or light drinkers.
“Our results indicate that it is the difference between the couple’s drinking habits, rather than the drinking itself, that leads to marital dissatisfaction, separation and divorce,” Kenneth Leonard, the lead author.
My, Kathiey's, thoughts….
Ah Ha !!! This may explain our breakup. He just could not stomach my choice in beverage any longer. Lets see, I enjoy wine. I like a good Riesling, Pinot Grigio, or Chardonnay. I also enjoy what I call the girly drinks like frozen daiquiris or a good Rum Punch. Anything tropical. Whereas Joe Voshell liked to drink hard ciders, beer and mixed drinks. He would also enjoy the occasional sparkling wine or champagne. So maybe that was the problem all along, our tastes in drinks. As I sit here enjoying my glass of wine he is probably somewhere enjoying his favorite alcoholic beverage.
I remember this night. We were enjoying some time in Blowing Rock. Joe ordered some type of mixed drink and I had the sparkling wine. If I remember correctly he also had some of the wine. It was very good. (Joe never wanted anyone in his family to know that he drank. I never understood that) Interesting theory Huff Post. Something to think about. If you are married or in a relationship go out with your partner. And for goodness sake order the same drink!!!!:-) Cheers Everyone!