Spousal choices can influence the risk of developing alcoholism
- Alcohol dependence (AD) is more common among partners of alcoholics than among partners of non-alcoholics.
- A new study examines two kinds of spousal similarity for influence on AD risk: assortative mating (like marries like), and reciprocal spousal interaction (an individual’s behavior directly influences his/her spouse’s behavior).
- Assortative mating is reflected in an increased frequency of spousal AD; but spousal interaction seems to protect against spousal AD after accounting for assortative mating.
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