Pop the cork because drunk in love is actually real—and leads to happy marriages.
Polling 2,767 couples that had been married for an average of 33 years, the study discovered that more than half of the partners got drunk together, and they reported feeling happy and satisfied in their relationships. Two-thirds of the participants were in their first marriage. The participants were asked to rate how demanding, critical, and irritating they found their partner.
“We're not sure why this is happening,” Dr. Kira Birditt, a researcher with the University of Michigan who authored the study, told Reuters. “But it could be that couples that do more leisure time activities together have better marital quality.”
On the other hand, spouses who are sober together also got along well, according to the study.
The group that was mismatched and reported being unhappy were those who had totally different drinking habits, where one person is sober while the other drinks all the time.
The study also found that women were upset when they drank and their husbands did not.
“We’re not suggesting that people should drink more or change the way they drink,” Dr. Birditt said.
The study polled men and women over the age of 50.
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