A new study has shown that couples who get drunk together are happier. But seeing as booze is lovely, is that any great surprise, really?
According to the study published in the Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Series, the secret to a happy relationship could be booze-based.
The researchers surveyed 4,864 married people, with couples having been together for an average of 33 years, to discover how drinking affects relationships.
They found that couples over the age of 50 had better marriages if both partners drank alcohol. If one partner drank and the other didn't, they were more likely to report feeling unsatisfied in their marriage.
They asked participants how many times they drank together per week, and how much they consumed per sesh. And according to the results, the amount consumed didn't really affect the quality of their partnership, as long as neither drank to excess, of course. It just mattered that both partners enjoyed a drink together.
But before you start lining up the flaming shots or scrabbling around the attic for that cocktail-making kit your Tita Sheila got you seven Christmases ago, the research also showed that if neither partner drank, they'd also have a happier relationship, because they'd both be abstaining together.
So to sum up: It doesn't actually matter if you both drink or both avoid the booze. As long as you're both in the same boat, you'll have a better chance of being in a happy relationship.
Because, let's be honest—if you're the designated driver and your partner is totally wasted, it can be a bit of a bummer.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.