Your tax dollars at work. Here is what they found:
With a deficit in the trillions and increasing faster than we can mentally compute, the government granted the State University of New York at Buffalo $592, 693 in taxpayer-funded grants to study the links, in couples, between alcohol and sex. Money well spent?
“Understanding the relationship-specific motivations for alcohol use, as well as the risk and protective factors associated with relationship drinking processes as they occur in real-time in couples’ natural environments, is crucial to addressing problematic alcohol use in relationships,” according to the grant for the project. “This understanding can ultimately inform prevention and intervention efforts to improve the health and well being of romantic couples.”
The study followed 118 couples over a period of 56 days. Their findings: “women’s relationship drinking is associated with intimacy enhancement, whereas among men it is associated with social effects.”
The day after drinking alcohol together, the couples reported “increased positive relationship functioning.” When couples drank alone or apart from each other, both men and women reported “significantly greater next-day negative relationship functioning.”
Was it truly necessary to spend $600,000 to discover this “ground-breaking” information? Take a drive around the city you live in. There are wine and liquor stores on block with bars and restaurants in between. People like to drink. We already knew that, and when people drink, they tend to think that their significant other is better looking.
The study also found that drinking together had more positive effects on people when compared to drinking alone.
Since when did anyone think that drinking alone was a good idea?
Here’s the deal: if you partner is not an angry or abusive drunk, then pour a glass of wine at dinner and enjoy one another’s company. Use tax write-offs, legally, so that your money can be spent on something more productive that this absurd, taxpayer-funded study.