MARRIAGES in which the wife drinks more than her husband are twice as likely to dissolve than if the man was the heavier drinker. Data collected from almost 20,000 couples showed that divorce was more common in couples with high rates of alcohol consumption ? particularly if the wife was the heavy drinker.
In couples where both members were heavy drinkers, the divorce rate was 17.2%.
Where the wife was the heavy drinker, the divorce rate soared to 26.8 % compared to 13.1 % where the man was consuming more alcohol.
Couples in the study who both reported being light drinkers divorced just 5.8% of the time.
The results of the Norweigan study ? one of the biggest of its kind ? were published this week in the online edition of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
Norwegian Institute of Public Health researcher Fartein Ask Torvik said there were two main reasons why drinking in women was more disastrous for a relationship than the other way around.
One was that women seemed to be affected more strongly by alcohol than men and the other was that drinking ?may be judged as incompatible with female roles,? and therefore a threat to marital stability. Research colleague Ellinor F. Major said: ?Couples who intend to marry should be aware of the drinking pattern of their partner, since it may become a problem in the future.?