You might want to add a bottle of wine to your weekly date night.
According to a new study published in the Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Series, the secret to a happy, long-lasting relationship could be hiding away in a G&T.
Researchers found that couples over the age of fifty reported better marriages if both partners drank alcohol. If one partner drank and the other didn’t, they were more likely to report feeling unsatisfied in their marriage.
The researchers surveyed 4,864 married people, with couples having been together for an average of 33 years, to discover how drinking affects relationships.
They asked participants how many times they drank per week, and how much alcohol they consumed in each drinking session.
It was found that the amount people drank didn’t really affect the quality of their relationships – as long as neither partner was drinking to excess. It was just down to whether both partners drank or just one did.
So essentially, as long as you both drink – regardless of your drink of choice or how drunk you actually get – you’re more likely to have a happier relationship.
But before you start downing the drinks, there’s an important caveat on those results.
The same relationship-boosting effects applied when neither partner drank alcohol. So you’ll have an equally happy relationship if you abstain together as if you both drink.
Which makes sense, if you think about it. It’s difficult to connect with your partner if they’re tipsy and you’re sober. It’s harder to attend the same social events if you don’t have the same attitude to drinking.
It’s simple. If you want to improve your chances of having a happy, longlasting relationship, drink responsibly. Or don’t drink at all. But whatever you decide, make sure your partner does the same.