Couples who drink together stay together

Couples who drink together stay together

Alcohol addiction ruins not only the person but also the entire family as it leads to incompatibility and discord between the partners. Having a partner who suffers from heavy drinking makes both marriage and life quite chaotic and complicated. Being a contributing factor behind domestic violence, both physical and psychological, many marriages often fall apart due to the issue of alcoholism.

However, a Norwegian study, “Discordant and Concordant Alcohol Use in Spouses as Predictors of Marital Dissolution in the General Population: Results from the Hunt Study,” revealed that the risk of divorce reduces in marriages where the couple drink together and also the same amount, especially in moderate amounts.

The study, published in the May 2013 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, also suggests that the risk of divorce was higher in case of light and heavy drinkers. However, the risk of divorce is comparatively lower in marriages where the couples consume to some extent the same amount of alcohol. While there is increased risk of divorce when the woman is a heavy drinker, it decreases when the woman abstains from alcohol.

The study revealed that divorce rate was as high as 26.8 percent in couples where the husband was a light drinker (1.2 drinks a day) and the wife, on the contrary, was a binge drinker (four or more drinks in one go). Interestingly, the rate reduced drastically to 13.1 percent when the situation was reversed. When both the partners were heavy drinkers, the divorce rate was estimated to be 17.2 percent.

Marital satisfaction and positive interactions higher in couples drinking same amount

In the study “Reaching Others: Does Drinking Affect Marriage?” conducted by the Research Institute on Addictions (RIA), University of Buffalo, the researchers have revealed that the couples in which both the partners are either heavy drinkers or have an alcohol use disorder (AUD) are likely to have much more marital satisfaction and positive interactions.

It further mentioned that drinking by any of the partners, especially when consumed in the last four hours, increases the risk of verbal aggression by up to two times. While the chances of physical aggression increase by three to four times when alcohol has been consumed by the perpetrator, it increases by two times when consumed by the victim.

Stating the benefits of drinking equal amount of alcohol together, the study also underlined the fact, “When people drink with their partner (vs. apart from their partner) on a particular day, they experience more positive and less negative relationship functioning the next day. This is particularly true in cases when men believe that alcohol enhances social functioning or when women believe that alcohol increases intimacy in their relationship.”

Another interesting finding highlights that approximately 50 percent of couples, including one partner with the drinking problem, divorced, whereas only 30 percent of couples who drank similar amounts, excluding heavy drinking, divorced in this same time period.

Mend dysfunctional marriages by treating drinking problems

Alcohol has become one of the major reasons, in fact, third most common reason, for separation among couples in both the U.S. and other countries. More negativity and complications exist in couples with one partner abusing alcohol compared to couples where none of the partners abuses alcohol.

By taking into account all the inferences drawn from the above and other studies, it can be concluded that while alcohol abuse is certainly dangerous for a smooth marriage, drinking together in moderate amounts causes lesser harm. However, to have stable and harmonious relationships, it is better to sideline alcohol and not make it a part of everyday life.

If you or your loved one is showing signs of alcohol addiction, contact the Alcohol Addiction Helpline of California to get in touch with the best alcohol rehab centers in California. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 855-980-1715 or chat online with our representatives to get the best treatment centers for alcohol addiction in California.

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