Magazine article USA TODAY

Drinking, Drug Use among Newlyweds

Magazine article USA TODAY

Drinking, Drug Use among Newlyweds

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While it is the husband among newlyweds who has more influence on whether the couple engages in heavy drinking, it is the wife who appears to be in the driver's seat when it comes to determining her partner's marijuana use, according to researchers at the University at Buffalo (N.Y.).

Study results showed that, in the first year of marriage for 20-somethings, husbands are more likely to start or resume smoking marijuana if their wives also smoke. In addition, men are more likely to stop smoking marijuana if their spouses do not smoke. The reverse is not true in either case; husbands do not seem to influence their wives' marijuana smoking.

"Substance use tends to decline as individuals progress through their 20s," notes Kenneth E. Leonard, research professor in the Department of Psychiatry. "This may be a part of the maturing process, but it also reflects periods of transition in life, such as marriage with its increased responsibilities.

"In this study, we found that the prevalence of marijuana use decreased for both men and women over the first year of marriage. …

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