-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) -- In a study finding that may
not surprise the families of problem drinkers, drinking can have a
strong negative impact on how long it takes someone to get married
and how long the marriage will survive.
Researchers recruited more than 5,000 Australian twins in the
early 1980s and assessed their alcohol use, including the age at
which some became alcohol-dependent. The study also looked at the
age of participants when they first married and their age when the
There was a strong association between alcohol dependence and
delayed marriage as well as early separation. The researchers also
found that genetic influences contributed to these associations for
both women and men.
The study appears online and in the April print issue of the
Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
The findings highlight the fact that problem drinking affects
more people than just the alcoholic, said the researchers.
"Young adults who drink alcohol may want to consider the longer-term consequences for marriage," lead author Mary Waldron, an assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Education, said in a journal news release. "If drinking continues or increases to levels of problem use, likelihood of marriage, or of having a lasting marriage, may decrease."
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers an
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