A new study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research reveals that incompatible drinking between couples could have an impact on the chances of the marriage ending in a divorce.
The study was conducted by researchers at Norwegian Institute of Public Health and involved nearly 20,000 married couples in Norway.
AdvertisementThe researchers found that those couples who drink on a similar scale, even if they indulge in heavy drinking, were less likely to obtain a divorce compared to one partner drinking more than the other, especially if the heavy drinker was the woman.
The researchers also found that while compatibility in drinking did lower the chances of a divorce, it was more common among couples who did drink heavily with the rate of divorce being 17.2 percent. "The risk of divorce is estimated to be tripled when the husband's level of drinking is low and the wife's drinking is heavy, compared with couples where both drink lightly", co-author of the study, Ellinor F. Major said.