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Married women consume more than singles, widows and divorcees
Men are a bad influence on their partners’ drinking habits, says study
by Craig Mackenzie–Daily Mail newspaper
Men are often guilty of using any excuse to go to the pub, but it seems being married is driving their women to drink.
While men cut back on how much alcohol they consume after getting hitched, the opposite is true for their partners, according to a study.
Married women generally drink more heavily than singles, widows or divorcees while happily-married men drink less than bachelors and much less than divorced men.
But before husbands start believing they are completely virtuous, the findings presented at the American Sociological Association today blames them for their wives’ drinking habits.
Women help keep their partners’ consumption under control, but men are a bad influence, encouraging their wives to help themselves to the cooking sherry.
The research by sociologists was led by Corinne Reczek, an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati, who reviewed data involving thousands of people in Wisconsin.
A separate study of 120 interviews with married, divorced, widowed and single people about their lifestyles was included in their conclusions.
Men consistently drank more than women and were more likely to have alcohol issues, they found, but married men tended to drink significantly less than every other marital status group.
Not surprisingly, recently-divorced men’s drinking levels rose significantly compared to those who were happily married.
But women drank less than those who were still with their husbands despite the stress of a marital break-up.
It was reported in the Daily telegraph that the study concluded: ‘Our qualitative results suggest this occurs because men introduce and prompt women’s drinking, and because divorced women lose the influence of men’s alcohol use upon dissolution.’