“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.
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.