Despite what you might believe from seeing drunk couples fighting on the night bus home, it turns out couples that drink together, stay together.
A new study by The Gerontological Society of America surveyed 2,767 couples who were married for an average of 33 years and found that couples over 50 had a significantly better relationship if they both drank alcohol, or they both abstained.
Interestingly, drinking alcohol had a more significant effect on women's relationships, according to the study:
"Wives who reported drinking alcohol reported decreased negative marital quality over time when husbands also reported drinking and increased negative marital quality over time when husbands reported not drinking," .
One of the study's authors, Dr Kira Birditt, told Reuters:
"It could be that couples that do more leisure time activities together have better marital quality. The study shows that it's not about how much they're drinking, it's about whether they drink at all,"
As the wise man Homer Simpson once said, "Here's to alcohol, the cause of, and solution to, all life's problems."