Divorce and Drinking Problems Heavy drinking takes a toll on individuals and relationships. As drinking becomes prioritized over responsibilities, employment and financial difficulties arise. In addition, alcohol use disorders are associated with a higher risk of developing depression, and the individual may experience sadness, loneliness, and feelings of hopelessness. Problem drinkers may find that their spouse and children eventually decide to put some distance between themselves and the drinker. A recent study looked into the connection between divorce and drinking problems. Divorce and Drinking Problems Data The study examined how drinking habits change among women who divorce a problem drinker husband. Prior studies support the idea that there are health advantages to marriage. However, the study authors wanted to determine whether, in some cases, there are health benefits to ending a marriage. The researchers accessed information from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions. They concentrated on data that included over 18,000 married or cohabitating women in "wave 1." The researchers asked the participants to report on drinking behaviors over the past year. Respondents answered queries about drinking frequency, volume, and alcohol abuse\/dependency symptoms. In addition, the respondents noted whether or not they were in a relationship with an alcoholic. In the second wave, participants noted if their relationships had ended. Researchers examined whether women who ended their relationships exhibited any patterns related to their partner's alcohol addiction or lack thereof. The results showed that when women ended a relationship that did not involve a problem drinker, there was an increased risk for all drinking-related outcomes. However, when women ended relationships with alcoholics, their risk for problem drinking decreased. Was The Study Conclusive? The study findings are limited by some factors, including the lack of any direct data on the partners\u2019 drinking behaviors. The reports by the wives may not have accurately depicted the true nature of their spouse\u2019s drinking. In addition, the findings only included data from women, so it is impossible to determine whether men would experience similar associations between relationship dissolution and problem drinking. The data is not sufficient to explain the changes that occurred in the wives\u2019 drinking behaviors. It may be necessary to conduct additional research to determine whether the changes in drinking behaviors were directly related to the dissolution of the relationship. It\u2019s possible that divorce removed a negative influence that impacted the wife\u2019s drinking habits, or they may have experienced a reduction in stress and anxiety following relationship dissolution. Women who began to improve their own drinking habits may have been motivated to divorce a husband that was a heavy drinker. Stop Problem Drinking With Lucida Treatment Lucida Treatment helps treat alcoholism through detox and therapy. Alcohol detox helps your body purge alcohol from your system, and overcome your physical dependency on alcohol. After detox, therapy tackles the psychological roots of alcoholism. At Lucida Treatment, we offer a wide variety of therapies professionally designed to help you get and stay sober. Therapies offered at Lucida Treatment's alcohol addiction treatment center include: \tCognitive Behavioral Therapy Program \tDialectical Behavior Therapy Program \tEye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Program \tFamily Therapy Program \tGestalt Therapy Program \tGroup Therapy Program \tIndividual Therapy Program \tPsychodrama Therapy Program \tTrauma Therapy Program If you want to get sober, Lucida Treatment can help! Contact us online or call us today at .