As adults, drinking alcoholic beverages is a social norm for many people. My husband and I both drink (usually beer, sometimes wine or a gin cocktail). While I can enjoy a drink for over an hour, my husband can knock them back a little bit quicker, and I generally prefer to drink one drink and then switch to seltzer so that I can drive us both home at the end of the night.

If you and your partner don't have the same drinking habits, and that has been a point of contention between the two of you, there are things you can do to handle this difference.

Talk it out with your partner and try to understand their reasoning for their habits. My husband and I always have a plan for events so that we can make it home safe. We always bring seltzer so one of us can switch partway through the night to sober up. Communication makes everything in a relationship easier.

If you think your partner has a drinking problem, that also deserves a conversation. Understanding why you and your partner have these habits surrounding alcohol is good to know and helps you both address any issues that brings to the relationship.

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