While coupling up often means pretty much signing up for a life of early nights, Netflix and eating pizza in bed together (aka getting kind of boring), a new study has found that couples who get a bit rowdy and have as few drinks together really do stay together.
The study that was conducted by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, spoke to nearly 3,000 couples who had been married for an average of 33 years, asking them about their drinking habits and comparing these with instances when the couples fought, got upset with each other, or were overly critical of one another.
The study found that in relationships where both couples drank together, the relationship was generally far more harmonious, compared with relationships where only one partner got on the grog.
Despite the results, author of the study Dr. Kira Birditt says that the study is not intended to encourage couples to drink more. “We’re not suggesting that people should drink more or change the way they drink,” study Birditt told Reuters.
Researchers also noted that the results of the study were surprising and it was unclear why couples who drank together seemed to be happier. “We’re not sure why this is happening, but it could be that couples that do more leisure time activities together have better marital quality,” said Birditt.
Not into drinking but still keen to have a happy relationship? The study also found that in instances where neither partners drank, couples were happier than couples who had only one partner who enjoyed a glass or two.
So moral of the story? If both yourself and your partner have similar drinking habits then you are far more likely to have a healthy, functioning relationship.
Cheers to that!