A study found that couples with incompatible drinking habits are more likely to divorce. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health claims imbibing little to no alcohol has a positive impact on the health of a relationship. Excessive use and abuse the opposite effect, depending on the circumstance.
Fartein Ask Torvik, author and researcher of the study, remarked:
“The interesting thing about this study is that it shows that both the level and the similarity in alcohol use are important for the relationship.”
Researchers tracked the drinking habits of 19,977 couples over the span of 15 years. Results displayed a higher risk of separation, especially in instances where the wife consistently out drank her husband.
“In general, women are more affected by drinking than men are. In addition, it is probably less socially acceptable for women to drink a lot, because it interferes with female roles in family life. It is also more noticeable when women drink, because we are more used to men drinking more.”
The findings showed if both parties indulged or abstained mutually, the relationship remained relatively stable. Turmoil occurred in cases of one member drinking to excess consistently, while the other did not.
An alcoholic beverage is a drink, distilled and fermented from ingredients such as fruits, rye, wheat, corn, malts, barley and hops, and often referred to as beers, wines, and spirits. Each has varying degrees of concentrations, and cautions for limited consumption.
The process of fermentation involves sugars and yeasts. Sugars such as glucose, fructose, and sucrose are converted into cellular energy. Ethanol and carbon dioxide is produced as metabolic waste. Yeasts perform this conversion process. The sale and consumption of alcohol is legal in most countries, with limits on drinking age. Imbibing alcoholic beverages is said to loosen inhibitions and amplify personalities and behaviors because of its relaxing effect on the drinker.
In the human body alcohol reacts with a depressant, sedative response. Consumption of alcohol is acceptable in moderation with some noted health benefits. Excessive habitual use commonly referred to as alcoholism, can cause diseases of the liver and stomach, poisoning and death. Alcoholism is a neurodegenerative disease creating a physical dependency which can be fatal.
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