The influence of alcohol consumption among partners in newly cohabiting relationships
journal contributionposted on 16.12.2021, 00:22 by Geoffrey LeggatGeoffrey Leggat, Michael LivingstonMichael Livingston, Emmanuel KuntscheEmmanuel Kuntsche, Sandra KuntscheSandra Kuntsche, Sarah CallinanSarah Callinan
Research has linked exposure to the drinking of one’s partner or spouse and changes in alcohol-related behaviours. However, there is a dearth of studies which consider only cohabiting relationships. More couples are preferring to cohabit prior to and in place of marriage. As a result, studies focused on cohabiting couples may provide a more representative consideration of modern long-term relationships.The present study uses a representative, longitudinal sample with annual follow-up and aims to determine if cohabiting partner’s drinking habits are influenced by their partner’s consumption, as well as, consider the role of intimacy as a key component of these influences compared to a relationship’s label or legal status.