The Affects of Alcoholism on a Marriage

Heavy drinking has long been known as one of the main reasons for filing a divorce, not only in the United States but in many countries around the world. Heavy alcohol consumption has serious effects in marital relationships, and reports show that it increases the risks of marital violence, cause poor communication, and heighten emotional distress. Many reports have already determined the correlation between heavy alcohol consumption and divorce, and many individuals have seen the effect of divorce on their families. Recent studies, however that the issue lies more on the difference of drinking habits – and not the drinking itself – is what leads to divorce, separation, and marital dissatisfaction.

According to the study released online entitled Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, spouses who drink about the same amount of alcohol are have significantly lower desire to file for divorce than marriages where one or both spouses are heavy drinkers. Based on the findings of the study, when the man was the one with a “hazardous” or heavy drinking habit the rate of divorce was 13.1%, while heavy drinking women increased the rate of divorce to 26.8%. If both spouses are heavy drinkers, the rate of divorce is 17.2%, compared to 5.8% where both spouses are light drinkers. The researchers are not sure why the women who are heavier drinkers have the highest percentage of divorce, but they speculate that it may be perhaps due to it being an incompatible trait with traditional female roles, and is often viewed as a threat to the stability of the marriage.

Because of alcohol abuse being a strong factor and indicator of divorce, the website of Marshall & Taylor, PLLC says that knowing about your partner’s drinking habits before going into marriage to ensure that it will not be a factor or cause for divorce.


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