Forget couples therapy; enjoying a post-work happy hour drink or two with your partner may be all you need to mend your relationship woes. According to a viral new study published in The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Series, older couples who drink together experience "increased marital quality" over time, as compared to couples in which one person drinks and the other person does not.
Lead researcher Kira Birditt and her team surveyed and analyzed 4864 married participants and 2767 couples between 2006 and 2016. Each couple filled out a questionnaire about their drinking habits and the quality of their marriage, finishing with a face-to-face interview with the researchers. In the end, the amount that people drank was less important than whether or not the couples had the same drinking habits.
"We're not sure why this is happening, but it could be that couples that do more leisure time activities together have better marital quality," said Birditt in an interview with Reuters. But, she said, "we're not suggesting that people should drink more or change the way they drink."
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This post was originally published on July 20, 2016, and has been updated by Sacha Strebe.