Having a couple of beers with your beloved may be good for your relationship, based on a new study in the Journals of Gerontology B: Psychological Sciences.
'We’re not suggesting that people should drink more or change the way they drink,' said study author Dr. Kira Birditt of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA.
'The study shows that it’s not about how much they’re drinking, it’s about whether they drink at all.'
The researchers surveyed 4,864 married people in 2,767 couples who have been together for an average of 33 years, two thirds of which were on their first marriage.
According to Reuters, results showed that when only one person in the couple drank, satisfaction with the marriage tended to be lower. While when both couples drank, husbands and wives reported greater happiness with their marriage.
Birditt's opinion is that husbands and wives have a huge impact on each other. So when one stops drinking, the other should as well in order to maintain harmony.
There is a line drawn with problem drinkers however. Dr Fred Blow says that 'serious heavy drinkers have disruptive relationships with people, particularly their partners. That’s an important issue that should be looked at going forward.'