Researchers from Indiana University recently published a study in the journal "Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research" that found alcohol dependence delays marriage and causes divorces. The American Psychological Association defines alcohol dependence as the loss of control over alcohol consumption. Alcohol dependence and alcoholism also means that a person develops a greater alcohol tolerance and suffers from withdrawals if drinking is stopped.
The study had 5,000 participants between the ages of 28 and 92-years old with a history of alcohol dependence. For men and women, alcohol dependence meant the chances of separation or divorce were twice as likely. Women were 23 percent less likely to be married if they had been dependent on alcohol at some point in their lives. Men were 36 percent less likely after the age of 29.
Study author Mary Waldron stated, "For young adults who are drinking, if their drinking continues to levels of problem use, it could impact their likelihood of marriage as well as likelihood of having a really lasting marriage".
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