Good news, cocktailing couples. New research suggests that the couple that drinks together, stays together.
The study, published in The Journals of Gerontology B: Psychology Sciences, looked at nearly 3,000 couples who had been married for an average of 33 years. The subjects were asked how much and how often they drank, as well as whether they found their partners “irritating, critical, or too demanding,” according to Vice.
In more than 50 percent of the marriages, both spouses drank a fairly equal amount. These couples also had a seemingly healthier relationship than the couples in which one partner drank and the other abstained. Teetotaling couples similarly experienced marital bliss. But, researchers found that marriages in which only one partner was sober led to increased dissatisfaction.