Married women imbibe

Researchers analysed data from a subgroup of 5305 participants to identify how marital status related to alcohol use. Divorced and recently widowed women consumed less than continuously married women. The research suggested men introduce and prompt women’s drinking.

By contrast, continuously married men drank less than men in all other marital status groups, especially recently divorced men. The interviews suggested marriage changed men’s social lives in ways that reduced drinking, while the stress of divorce prompted an