Researchers from New Zealand say that drinking together could be the secret to a happy marriage. Couples who share a bottle of wine at least once a week enjoy marital life far more than those who steer clear of alcohol, they claim.
More than 1,500 couples were questioned about their relationships and drinking habits. The study found that women were four times more likely to be happy if they drank at least once a week with their partner than if they never do. Meanwhile, men were more than three times more content.
Furthermore, the authors also discovered that satisfaction with domestic life rose with every occasion partners have a drink together.
‘The more frequently a respondent drank with their partner, the more likely they were to report their relationship as happy.’
Among the same group, love of marital life fell away to 88% where partners coincided between one and three times a month and only 69% where they never shared a drink.
Imbibing together often means socializing together, which may lead to increased satisfaction, says study author Jessica Meiklejohn, M.P.H. Another factor: Similar drinking habits could indicate overall compatibility.
John Duffy, a public health lecturer at Birmingham University, said: ‘Alcohol gets too much of a bad press these days so it is refreshing to read a positive example of how it is an integral part of our culture.’