Research on various alcohol disorders has shown that most problem drinking issues “mature out,” or decrease the older we get. Further collaborative research between Arizona State University and the University of Missouri has highlighted that marriage is tied to dramatic reductions in heavy drinking patterns. What the researchers are referring to as the “marriage effect” suggests that a person’s behavior will be modified to fit the new role, such as marriage, that the person is now assuming. Scientists are hopeful that these new understandings will “help improve clinical efforts to help these people, inform public health policy changes and lead to more targeted interventions for young adult problem drinkers.”

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