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Couples who drink together are less irritated with one another over time

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The couple that drinks together may stay happier together, according to a new study published in The Journals of Gerontology this week. Couples who consumed alcoholic beverages together were reportedly less irritated with one another than couples where only one person drinks, the study found. Of more than 2,700 older married couples who were studied, those that drank had “decreased negative marital quality over time.”

Kira S. Birditt, who led the study, said that the effect of alcohol use wasn’t a matter of just one partner or another’s but of the couple as a whole, which she called “a couple phenomenon.” She also pointed out that the study found individuals who were “less irritated” with their partners, but not necessarily happy.

The couples that reported drinking together even just once a year were more more likely to say that their spouse doesn’t disappoint them, criticize them, or get on their nerves, according to the study.

Read the full story at USA Today.

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