A review of the findings of the Pew Internet & American Life surveys between March 2000 and September 2005 highlights some particularly interesting trends and correlations: Young women are more likely to be online than young men.And black women have surged online in the last three years."Some research suggests that men are more likely to cope with stressors in 'externalizing' ways (i.e., alcohol use), while women are more likely to cope in 'internalizing' ways (e.g., depression)," Reczek wrote in an email.These techniques become especially apparent during the trauma of divorce, when men drink significantly more and women drink significantly less than they did during marriage.Most women reported starting to drink or drinking more during marriage because their husbands drank, and some of them said they enjoyed drinking together as a couple."Our qualitative findings suggest that being married to a man who is more likely to drink creates a new social environment that may promote drinking among women," lead researcher Corinne Reczek, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Cincinnati, told Live Science.
Sociologists from the University of Cincinnati, Pennsylvania State University, Rutgers University and the University of Texas at Austin looked at longitudinal data from 5,305 men and women from Wisconsin who answered questionnaires about alcohol use in 1993 and then again 2004."Divorced men are at higher risk for heavy alcohol use, and thus may require increased attention at this transitional stage." There may also be a lesson here for married men, the authors wrote: “Men who fail to converge with their wives' drinking habits in marriage may set a trajectory towards divorce and continued heavy drinking, while men who converge with their wives' lesser drinking habits may set trajectories towards lower overall consumption and sustained marriage." One key to a successful marriage, therefore, may be for men to follow their lighter-drinking wives' lead on alcohol consumption.Shifting internet demographics: Women have caught up to men online.[6 Scientific Tips for a Happy Marriage] Previous studies have consistently shown that married people drink less than single people, with the anti-drinking association stronger in married men than women.The new study confirmed this relationship in men, but it showed that married women actually drink more on average than women who were never married, divorced or widowed.