Well, hot diggity! You read correctly: Happy days. A study released by the University of Michigan has reported that couples who drink together tend to see the quality of their relationship evolve over time.
The results were “significantly greater among wives” (lol, we love a vino), but specifically looked at the way our drinking habits affect romantic relationships over time. It turns out liquor is key! Of the surveyed 5000 couples, it was found that drinking isn’t necessary, but engaging in a habit together is. Couples over 50 reported as happier if they indulged in a beverage or stayed sober together, while couples in which one drank and one stayed sober were significantly less in-sync.
“Wives who reported drinking alcohol reported decreased negative marital quality over time when husbands also reported drinking and increased negative marital quality over time when husbands reported not drinking,” the research team stated in a summary of results.
Lead author Dr. Kira Birditt provided insight:
“We’re not sure why this is happening, but it could be that couple that do more leisure time activities together have better marital quality,” she revealed to Reuters. “The study shows that it’s not about how much they’re drinking, it’s about whether they drink at all.”
All I am hearing? It’s uber healthy to have a few drinks with your partner. Please and thank you, science!