Mumbai: Is alchohol the destroyer of relationships? Apparently not. According to a study conducted by State University of New York, couples that drink together are happy couples. University of Buffalo's webiste quotes the research where Dr. Gregory Homish highlights the behavior and satisfaction of couples for a decade. He came to the conclusion that couples with similar vices (alcohol and cigarettes in this case) and levels of engagement in said vices are likely to be more content with their relationship.
The study took a sample set of 600 couples nad had them fill out questionnaires before their wedding. The findings claim that couples with different habits were more dissatisfied compared to the ones with similar habits.
This does not imply that a heavy-drinking marraige is healthy. For couples who both drank heavily - "heavy" defined as "six or more drinks at one time or drinking to intoxication" - the divorce rate was around 30%, which was the same for couples where both partners drank very little or not at all, points the study.
Science has great relationship advice that you may not get from your friend. Be with someone who drinks as much as you do!...