We already know that drinking can alleviate stress, soften socially awkward situations, and might even help you lose weight. But now researchers are claiming it can make your marriage happier, healthier, and longer-lasting.
In a study published in the Journals of Gerontology: Psychology Sciences (opens in new tab), couples who sipped together stayed together longer. Reuters reports (opens in new tab) that after surveying nearly 3,000 couples that had been married for an average of 33 years, researchers found that couples who drank together were better off than those marriages where only one partner drank. So basically your goal is to be as drunk in love as Bey (opens in new tab) and Jay.
What's more, couples where one person does all the drinking were much more prone to marital problems—especially if the woman was the one boozing while her husband sat by, sober. However, it's worth noting that couples also fared well and maintained healthy relationships if both parties abstained from drinking.
"We're not sure why this is happening," study author Dr. Kira Birditt of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor told Reuters Health, "but it could be that couples that do more leisure time activities together have better marital quality."
So start poppin' bottles, love birds.
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