Do husbands really drive wives to drink more?

Do husbands really drive wives to drink more?

Marriage alcohol

Here is an interesting research paper that reckons that us men cause you women out there to hit the bottle more often after we end up marrying you.

Offers a new study as coordinated by lead researcher Corrine Reczek, professor of sociology at the University of Cincinnati:

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.

Reczek goes on to offer the following:

‘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.’

Which is probably a back hand way of saying that many of you women internalize your man’s grief, his apprehensions and consequently your own about being able to fulfill his desires and live up to his expectations. Or is it society’s expectations that force a wife’s hand? Conversely if a marriage falls apart men are then apt to initiating self destructive behavior, something most broken men have found themselves resorting to dull the pain of loss.

Professor Reczek added: ‘Some research suggests that men are more likely to cope with stressors in “externalising” ways such as alcohol. 

Women are more likely to cope in “internalising” ways such as depression.’

Men who cut back on drinking  are more likely to have a happier marriage.

The professor insisted: ‘Men who fail to converge with their wives’ drinking habits in marriage may set a trajectory towards divorce and continued heavy drinking.’

And then there was this this astute comment that had me wondering as well:

So the men are taking the marriage seriously by not drinking as much as when they were bachelors and women are showing their true colours once they have captured the man.

via dailymail.co.uk

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