Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Marriage - It'll Drive You To Drinking

Marriage - It'll Drive You To Drinking

Love and marriage... and alcohol. Apparently research shows that married women tend to drink more than single women
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have found that married women tend to drink more than single women, widows, or divorcees.

Meanwhile, married men tend to drink less than their single or divorced friends.

In fact, divorced men tended to drink the most, while divorced women actually drank less than their married counterparts. So naturally, the researchers blamed the men.

"Our qualitative results suggest this occurs because men introduce and prompt women’s drinking, and because divorced women lose the influence of men’s alcohol use upon dissolution," they wrote. Meanwhile, marriage (and perhaps the wife/children influence) tends to lower the husband's drinking rate.

The researchers suggest that marriage can promote good health, especially since past research found that married people tended to eat healtheir as well. Overall, married couples drank less than single or divorced people, although we can imagine how a good glass of wine or two could be necessary with some bratty teens around.

I have to admit that I'm a bit shocked by this news. You would think that men would drink more when they're married. But I guess that once you get locked down, your standard guy goes out with the boys a lot less - especially since part of the appeal of going to the bar goes away when you already have a wife at home.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised by the fact that they are blaming the husband for the wife drinking more. Instead of buddies to go drinking with, he sort of has to drag her out to bars, which increase her intake.

This isn't to suggest that being married sucks so badly for women that they have to drink themselves to stupidity, it just means that the chances of drinking are more present and the lack of need in worrying about their figure so much is tossed out the window. So beer gut city, here you come!

But again, I'm surprised that the man's drink consumption goes down some. But hey, this shouldn't be considered a terrible thing. I mean, it's not all for nothing. This could actually be a good thing if you channel that correctly. Did you know that Red Wine increases a woman's sexual desire

Researchers concluded that levels of sexual desire were higher in women who were moderate drinkers of red wine than in their counterparts who preferred other alcoholic drinks, or were teetotal.

One theory put forward by the team of Italian doctors who carried out the study is that chemical compounds found in red wine may improve sexual functioning by increasing blood flow to key areas of the body.

The researchers said: "While this finding needs to be interpreted with some caution, it nevertheless suggests a potential relationship between red wine consumption and better sexuality."

In the project, described as the first to examine red wine intake and women's sexual function, doctors at the University of Florence recruited 800 women aged 18 to 50. The women, none of whom had reported a sexual health problem, were split into three groups – those who regularly consumed one or two glasses of red wine a day, those who consumed less than one glass a day of any sort of wine or other alcohol, and those who were teetotal.

Women who drank more than two glasses a day were excluded from the study to avoid the possible confounding effects of drunkenness.

So there you go. Women will drink more and they will get more aroused. Not completely sloshed - because what good is it for a man to have to babysit his new wife and hold her hair? So yes.. enjoy one or two glasses of wine. What's the worse that could happen?

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