If Cialis commercials are to be believed, all you need for a great relationship is a boat dock and two bathtubs. And some Cialis. And about 30 minutes. But not more than 4 hours.
But in reality, all you really need is two glasses and some alcohol. Sorry, ED meds.
The good booze news comes from research published in The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Series, which concluded that "drinking couples reported decreased negative marital quality over time," in couples over the age of 50. The study examined answers from 2,767 couples who were married for an average of 33 years, and noted a specific correlation with drinking wives' happiness.
"Wives who reported drinking alcohol reported decreased negative marital quality over time when husbands also reported drinking," the abstract explained.
As Reuters points out, the study also found that the amount couples drink didn't matter nearly as much as whether or not both partners were on the same page when it came to drinking or abstention.
“We’re not suggesting that people should drink more or change the way they drink," Dr. Kira Birditt of the University of Michigan told Reuters. “We’re not sure why this is happening, but it could be that couples that do more leisure time activities together have better marital quality.”
Of course, people with drinking problems also often had problematic relationships, so don't don't think that booze alone solves your problems.
But as most alcohol ads tell you: drink responsibly. And apparently, marry responsibly, too.