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New research claims that while a long-term marriage appears to curb men's drinking, it's associated with a slightly higher level of alcohol use among women.
The study, led by the University of Cincinnati (UC), will be presented Sunday at the 107th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association in Denver.
Based on survey data and interviews, the group of professors from four U.S. universities say that married men reported consuming the lowest number of drinks compared with single, divorced, and widowed men.
"That's in part because of their wives' lower levels of drinking, write the authors. Men also were more likely than women to turn to drinking after a divorce," the team said in a statement.
On the other hand, they found that married women consumed more drinks than long-term divorced or recently widowed women in part because they lived with men who had higher levels of alcohol use.
The researchers analyzed survey data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study to explore population trends in the relationship between marriage and alcohol. The WLS is a long-term survey of 10,317 men and women who graduated high school in 1957.
They also analyzed data from two in-depth interview studies, the Marital Quality Over the Life Course Project, conducted between 2003-2006, and the Relationships and Health Habits Over the Life Course Study, conducted between 2007-2010.
The researchers also found that in each marital status category, men consumed a greater average number of drinks than women, and that across every marital status category, a higher proportion of men than women also reported having at least one drinking-related problem.
The authors of the study are Corinne Reczek, a professor at the University of Cincinnati; Tetyana Pudrovska, a professor at the Pennsylvania State University; Deborah Carr, a professor at Rutgers University and Debra Umberson, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin.