Marriage is causing women to hit the bottle, according to new research.
A recent study at the University of Cincinnati found that long-term marriage is associated with a slightly higher level of alcohol use among women.
Conversely, men were less likely to use alcohol if they had been married for a long time.
The findings were based on survey data and interviews, and showed drinking patterns were related to those of their partner.
Among married women, alcohol consumption was higher than long-term divorced or recently widowed females because they lived with men that had greater levels of alcohol use.
Similarly, married men didn't drink as much as single, divorced or widowed males because they lived with women who drank less.
Researchers claim that the findings should help to shape future research into how widowhood affects alcohol consumption overtime.
This follows research showing that widows are at a higher risk of mortality than their married or coupled-up counterparts.
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