It's no news that alcohol can make you feel happier, at least until the next morning.. But now a study has found that drinking with your partner may actually make your relationship happier overall.
A study published in The Journals of Gerontology set out to find the connection between drinking patterns and marriage quality. And while yes, it mostly involved older participants, it can give us some insights into whether we'll be happier in our couples in the long run... if you want to look that far into the future.
The study found that "concordant drinking couples reported decreased negative marital quality over time, and these links were significantly greater among wives. 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."
In English, if both sides of the couple are drinking in moderation, they're both happy. If it's just the wife drinking, she's less happy.
Obviously the amount of alcohol being drank is important though, with the study stressing that just one drink together will be better for your happiness than getting absolutely writen off.
Dr. Kira Birditt from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor said of the study: "We're not suggesting that people should drink more or change the way they drink, but it could be that couples that do more leisure time activities together have better martial quality. The study shows that it's not about how much they're drinking, it's about whether they drink at all."
So yes, drinking with your loved one may make you both happier, but don't take that as an excuse to go even harder this weekend... Always drink responsibly guys!