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Study Shows Effects of Alcohol on Divorce

By Masella Law Firm, P.A.  Mar. 21, 2013 2:00p

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has published a study on the effects of drinking alcohol in divorce. The study involved information collected from close to 20,000 married couples in Norway. According to its results, the amount of alcohol that couples consume has an effect of the likelihood of a divorce, especially when it is the wife who is the heavy drinker. Couples who drank approximately the same amount of alcohol overall had a less likely risk of divorce. Couples where the wife drank much more than the husband had a divorce rate of 26.8 percent. This rate decreased to 13.1 percent when it was the husband who was the heavy drinker.

Where both parties were heavy drinkers, the divorce rate was 17.2 percent. The divorce rate was lowest in couples who were both light drinkers, at 5.8 percent. Researchers looking for a reason as to why a wife's heavier drinking than her husband's would more likely lead to divorce surmised that it may be because alcohol affects women more than men, which can lead to impairment and risk and that heavy drinking in women is seen in a less socially acceptable light. Heavy drinking in men is generally more socially acceptable and viewed as less of an emotional or other problem. Researchers asserted that those couples who are about to marry should take note of the general drinking level of their soon-to-be spouses as an indicator of what the future may bring.

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