For Better or Worse: The Effect Our Significant Other Has on Our Drinking Habits

For Better or Worse

The Effect Our Significant Other Has on Our Drinking Habits

While emergence into early adulthood seems to be coupled with a decline in alcohol consumption, there are other surprising factors influencing whether or not you belly up to the bar.


In this infographic, you will learn about divorce differences in men and women, as well as how your relationship status influences how much you drink.

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Men

Marriage:

  • Long-term marriage reduces the amount of alcohol men consume.
  • Men who are married drink less than divorced, widowed, or single men.
  • Husbands drink so little, in part, because their wives do.
  • Married men drink more than married women.
  • Many wives actively work to limit the amount of alcohol their husbands drink.
  • Married men have more alcohol-related problems than married women.
  • Men spend less time with their drinking friends following marriage.

Divorce:

  • Men are more likely to drink more following a divorce.
  • Divorced men drink more than divorced women.
  • Recently-divorced men drink significantly more alcohol than men in a long-term marriage.
  • Divorced men have more alcohol-related problems than divorced women.
  • Three quarters of divorced men claim the stresses of their divorce led them to more alcohol consumption.

Widowed:

  • Widowed men drink more than widowed women.
  • Men often use external coping mechanisms, like alcohol consumption, to get through stress, grief, or sadness.
  • Widowed men have more alcohol-related problems than widowed women.

Single:

  • Single men drink more than single women.
  • Single men have more alcohol-related problems than single women.

Men’s Drinking in General:

  • The average man who consumes alcohol has eight drinks per week.
  • Most men prefer to drink beer or liquor.
  • Men spend, on average, about $20 a week on alcohol.
  • 16% of men say they need to drink to have a good time.
  • Men are more likely than women to drink alone.
  • 21% of men have gone to work with a hangover.
  • Men and women experience the same rate of blacking out, vomiting, and having their stomachs pumped.

Women

Marriage:

  • Marriage tends to increase alcohol consumption among women.
  • Married women drink more than long-term divorced or recently widowed women.
  • Women who are married drink more, in part, because their husbands drink more.
  • Married women drink less than married men.
  • Wives have fewer alcohol-related problems than their husbands.
  • Some wives cite enjoying time with their husbands as a primary motivator to drink more alcohol.

Divorce:

  • Divorced women drink less than divorced men.
  • Women going through a recent divorce have more alcohol-related problems than women in a long-term marriage.
  • Divorced women have fewer alcohol-related problems than divorced men.
  • Following a divorce, women’s alcohol consumption decreases.

Widowed:

  • Widowed women drink less than widowed men.
  • Women tend to deal with stressors through internalized methods, like depression, lessening their amount of alcohol consumption (relative to men) during stressful times.
  • Widowed women have fewer alcohol-related problems than widowed men.

Single:

  • Single women drink less than single men.
  • Single women have fewer alcohol-related problems than single men.

Women’s Drinking in General:

  • The average woman who consumes alcohol has six drinks per week.
  • More women choose not to drink at all than men.
  • Most women prefer to drink wine.
  • Women spend, on average, about $11 a week on alcohol.
  • Women tend to get drunk for the first time prior to the age of 18.
  • Women are more likely to have designated drivers.
  • 10% of women claimed they needed to drink to have a good time.
  • 13% of women have gone to work with a hangover.
  • Men and women experience the same rate of blacking out, vomiting, and having their stomachs pumped.

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