Study Suggests Couples Often Share Drinking Problems

Study Suggests Couples Often Share Drinking Problems

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From Forbes THURSDAY, May 17 (HealthDay News) -- People at risk for drinking problems are more likely to marry someone who's also at risk for alcohol dependence, according to a team of American and Australian researchers.

Reporting in the May issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, the researchers studied almost 6,000 twins born in Australia between 1902 and 1964. They also spoke with more than 3,800 of the twins' spouses.

"As they say, 'like marries like,'" first author Julia D. Grant, a research assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, said in a prepared statement.

"Spouse selection is not a random process, and we call this non-random mating. People tend to choose mates who are similar to them, not only from the same neighborhood or socio-economic background but also alike in personality and other behaviors. We found that people at risk for alcohol dependence tend to marry others who are at risk," Grant said.

Tango’s Take Here we have yet another survey whose conclusion can be summed up in one word:  “duh.” There are only four ways that relationships begin: 1) the traditional ask-out-go-on-date, 2) become friends and inadvertently charge into uncharted territory, 3) get drunk and hook up or 4) by mail-order. Some people find grown-up dating to be bothersome and not worth the effort. The friends to friends-with-benefits to lovers route is perilous and often fraught with disaster. The US State Department frowns upon mail-order (and male-order) marriages. That leaves alcohol-fueled bad-decision making. Seriously, dudes that like to get drunk and hook up typically do not land women that they can bring home to mom. The same can be said for the ladies who often get plowed and hook up. And one can only assume that there is also a segment of sober women who prey on drunk guys (we call them Colin Farrell groupies). We sincerely hope that none of our hard-earned tax dollars funded this study.

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