Study: Marriage Lowers Your Risk Of Alcoholism

Being married can be stressful, but it also brings some advantages. The latest data shows that marriage actually lowers risk of alcoholism. Virginia Commonwealth University researchers looked at the legal, pharmaceutical, and medical records of more than 3 million Swedes. They discovered that “married men and women [have], respectively, a 60% to 71% lower risk for onset of alcohol use disorder compared with individuals who remained single.” The protective effect was even more pronounced among those who had a family history of alcoholism. “Health-monitoring spousal interactions” as well as “the psychological and social aspects of marriage” are credited with helping people avoid the bottle. However, the results also indicate that marrying a person with a history of alcohol problems can actually increase a person’s risk for developing alcoholism. (Newser