Alcohol Study Shows Marriages Involving Alcoholics End Earlier

Recently, a study was conducted by Indiana University professor Mary Waldron, examining the effect of alcohol on marriages. The data will be published in the April 2011 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, but Waldron and her team have already discussed the findings.

After examining 5,000 Australian twins over the course of approximately a decade, Waldron found that individuals who continued to drink heavily after getting married were more likely to get divorced. Divorce lawyer Charles Ullman said that he is not surprised by the findings.

Ullman, who works at Charles R. Ullman and Associates in Raleigh, North Carolina, handles cases involving domestic law matters across the state. He said that in a number of instances, couples attempt to enter drug rehab programs and counseling to save their marriage. Ultimately, alcohol tears apart the marriage and results in the separation of not only couples, but their children as well.

Nearly 52 percent of Americans age 18 or older were regular drinkers in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drug rehab centers may be able to help individuals who are suffering from alcoholism.