Over the years, various studies have indicated that wine holds a range of health benefits. New research has suggested that it could also hold the key to a happy marriage. Surely this is too good to be true? The Ideal Wine Company investigates.
The long-term health survey, which was recently published in the Journals of Gerontology, examined drinking patterns among older, married, American heterosexual couples. With 2,767 couples taking part, those included in the study had already been married, on average, for 33 years. Meanwhile, two thirds of those included in the research were in their first marriage.
Crucially, the survey’s results suggested that married couples who drink are more likely to enjoy a happy marriage over the long-term. It is also important to note that those who do not drink, but their partners do, were found to be least happy in their marriages, especially women.
The study further found that marriages where neither partner drinks are more likely to be happy over the long-term than those where one partner does, while the other doesn’t. This indicates that the link between a happy marriage and wine lies in the fact that drinking can serve as a good group activity.
Going into detail
Shedding light on the study’s results, researchers said: “The present findings stress the importance of considering the drinking status rather than the amount of alcohol consumed of both members of the couple when attempting to understand drinking and marital quality among older couples.”
The research was led by Kira Birditt PhD, who serves on University of Michigan Institute for Social Research’s ‘Life Course Development Programme.’ Commenting to Decanter, a wine industry publication, Birditt indicated that her team wasn’t sure why drinking alcohol could lead to happier marriages. She theorised that it may be because couples who do things together tend to be happier.
Try the theory
It’s important to take this theory with a pinch of salt. Nobody really knows the secret to a happy marriage. However, there’s no harm in giving the theory that drinking wine with your partner can lead to a happier marriage a try! Why not buy the Chateau Latour 1983 from Ideal Wine Company and enjoy a glass or two of this mouth-watering Bordeaux red with your partner?