A study by researchers at the University of Michigan suggests couples who drink together are happier together.
According to the study published in The Journals of Gerontology, Dr. Kira Birditt and her team examined data from 4,864 married participants over the age of 50 in the Health and Retirement Study. They then asked participants about their drinking habits and the quality of their relationships.
The study found couples reported being less dissatisfied with their spouse over time if both reported alcohol consumption. Although men were more likely to drink than women, women were especially more likely to report decreased negative marital quality over time when their husbands were also drinkers. However, women also reported increased dissatisfaction when their husbands did not drink.
Researchers say it's important to note when understanding the study that the findings indicate marital satisfaction based on drinking status, not the amount of alcohol consumed.