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Drinking habits could show your likelihood of divorce

Michigan couples may be interested in this new study in the news, because it has shown how drinking has an effect on your marriage over the course of nine years. According to this recently published article in the Nov. 22 news about divorce, drinking might not be the deal breaker it has been made out to be, but there's a catch. This is only the case when both couples are consuming roughly the same amount of alcohol, and it only lowers the likelihood of divorce; it doesn't eliminate it.

According to the news report about the study, researchers at the University of Buffalo watched 634 couples through their initial nine years of marriage. They found, according to the research, that people who drink similar amounts of alcohol on average within a relationship are more likely to have a successful marriage than those who have different drinking patterns or habits. More specifically, the study found that 50 percent of couples who had one partner who drank significantly more than the other ended in divorce, but this number dropped to only 30 percent for couples where both partners drank similarly.

So, the report and findings would suggest that the difference in drinking habits, not drinking itself, is the real issue behind some divorces, because it leads to marital dissatisfaction and separation. This isn't the first study of this type, and in fact, one from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health collected data from nearly 20,000 marriages and discovered the same thing as this current study.

If you're going through a difficult divorce related to alcoholism or drinking, you may be in a different situation. Or if you simply need help with your divorce, looking into your options for legal aid could be beneficial.

Source: Huffington Post, "Couples' Drinking Habits May Predict Likelihood of Divorce, Study Finds" No Author Given, Nov. 22, 2013

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