Drink the same amount of wine to avoid divorce says science…(kind of)





A new study has found that couples who drink similar amounts of alcohol are more compatible and divorce is less likely.
 
A study of 20,000 married couples revealed that partners who consumed a moderate intake of wine are far less likely to divorce than couples where one, particularly the wife, is a heavy drinker.
 
According to the study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health the highest divorce rate occurred in couples where the husband was a light-drinker and the wife went on drinks binges. In the aforementioned scenario the divorce rate stands at 26.8%, but if the roles are reversed, whereby the husband is a heavier drinker than his spouse, the rate of divorce halved to 13.1%.
 
The findings, which will be published in the May 2013 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, also revealed that when both husband and wife are overly-keen drinkers the divorce rate of the Norwegian couples was 17.2%.
 
Explaining the reasons for the discrepancies, researcher Fartein Ask Torvik told the Daily Mail: “One of them is that women in general seem to be more strongly affected by heavy drinking than men are. Thus, heavy-drinking women may be more impaired than heavy-drinking men.”
 
Torvik’s colleague and co-author of the social study, Ellinor Major, added: “Heavy drinking among women is also less acceptable than among men in our society.
 
“A wife's heavy drinking probably also interferes more with general family life – that is, the caring role of the mother.”
 
Perhaps unsurprisingly the research suggested that on average divorced people tend to drink more than their married counterparts.
 
Conclusion: We were no good at science at school so make of the above what you will, but why not put the aforementioned findings to the test by indulging in our Valentine's Day special offer
 
 
Main image by ididjeridoo
 
 

Written by: Ben Moss

Ben Moss 

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