Couples who drink together, stay together, study suggests


Enjoy having a glass of wine or a pint of beer with your partner after work or when the kids are tucked into bed. Guess what – you’re actually helping your relationship by doing so!

Nope, we didn’t make this up. There is a study that supports it. So it has to be true, right?

Researchers from the University of Michigan have discovered that couples with similar drinking habits are much happier than couples where one person drinks and the other takes on the role of Captain Responsible. Share the responsibility. And the wine.

Researchers tracked the drinking habits of 2,700 married couples between 2006 and 2016. Each person weighed in on how much alcohol they and their partner consumed, and was asked how “critical, demanding and irritating” they felt their spouse was.

And the results? The researchers found that if one person drank and the other didn’t, the pair was likely to experience issues.

So, if you’re going to drink (or abstain from drinking), make sure your partner is on board too. According to the study’s author, Dr Kira Birditt, this might be because the time one spent drinking (or abstaining) is down time, and so having different habits could eat into the quality time a couple would otherwise be enjoying together.

The bottom line? It all comes down to sharing similar hobbies and lifestyles.

And wine.