It’s Enough to Lead a Woman to Drink…”

Leave it to soci­ol­o­gists to both con­firm an old wives’ tale and debunk one.

Accord­ing to sci­en­tists doing sur­vey work at four Amer­i­can uni­ver­si­ties, mar­riage causes women to increase their alco­hol con­sump­tion past their level dur­ing their days as a sin­gle woman while for men, it causes the reverse.

Divorce how­ever, causes men’s level of alco­hol con­sump­tion to skyrocket.

Fun stuff.

Wives tend to con­sume more alco­hol after they wed, while their hus­bands actu­ally cut down, a study suggests.

But men are more likely to hit the bot­tle after a divorce.

The sur­vey into mar­riage and alco­hol was con­ducted by soci­ol­o­gists at four uni­ver­si­ties in the US.

Lead researcher Corinne Reczek, pro­fes­sor of soci­ol­ogy at the Uni­ver­sity of Cincin­nati, said: ‘Sta­ble mar­riage curbs men’s drink­ing yet is asso­ci­ated with a slightly higher level of alco­hol use among women.

‘Our find­ings sug­gest that being mar­ried to a man who is more likely to drink cre­ates a new social envi­ron­ment that may pro­mote drink­ing among women.’

The study found that while hus­bands drank less alco­hol than bach­e­lors and wid­ow­ers, their con­sump­tion increased sharply if the mar­riage ended.

Researchers go on to say that it’s all about per­sonal hap­pi­ness.  Hap­pier men in hap­pier mar­riages drink less.  Women drink more because they are often drink­ing socially with other mar­ried women.

The report gives no insight into what divorce does with women’s alco­hol consumption.


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