When was the last time you and your significant other got properly wasted together? A new study from the University of Michigan, conducted by researchers Kira S. Birdett, James A. Cranford, Jasmine A. Manalel, and Toni C. Antonucci, found that couples who share similar drinking habits might actually be happier in their relationships.
The researchers conducted interviews with 4,864 American married couples between 2006 and 2016 and asked them about their drinking habits. The couples, on average, had been married 33 years. The study found that the couples who maintained similar drinking habits over the years were happier than the couples in which one spouse drank and the other didn't.
So does this mean you have to get drunk with your partner in order to have a happy, healthy relationship? Not necessarily. It seems like it's less about the actual drinking and more about spending time together.
"We're not sure why this is happening," researcher Kira Birditt told Reuters Health, "but it could be that couples that do more leisure time activities together have better marital quality."