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Positive Correlation Between Monogamy and Alcohol

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the drinking-at-home dept.

Idle 11

wiredog writes "A recent paper asks the question: does monogamy cause drinking, or does drinking cause monogamy (PDF)? From the paper: 'Intriguingly, across the world the main social groups which practice polygamy do not consume alcohol. We investigate whether there is a correlation between alcohol consumption and polygamous/monogamous arrangements, both over time and across cultures. Historically, we find a correlation between the shift from polygamy to monogamy and the growth of alcohol consumption. Cross-culturally we also find that monogamous societies consume more alcohol than polygamous societies in the pre-industrial world. We provide a series of possible explanations to explain the positive correlation between monogamy and alcohol consumption over time and across societies.'"

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At least.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34754290) wasn't funded by tax dollars.

Obvious .... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34754480)

If you were only ever going to fuck one woman for the rest of your life, you'd drink too!!

I don't 'drink'... (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 3 years ago | (#34756248)

...and apparently I'm doing it wrong. I'll have to show my wife this paper.

If y'all see this as my last Slashdot post ever, you'll know why.

(but to be half-serious, I have the 'alcohol tastes bad' gene; this may not be all cultural)

Gotta have fun somehow (1)

psithurism (1642461) | more than 3 years ago | (#34759428)

Simple explanation: take away one form of group fun and people will find another.

Polygamy is for sex (2)

wiredlogic (135348) | more than 3 years ago | (#34761814)

In most cultures where male centric polygamy is the norm, it is practiced primarily because it is the only easy means for men to have multiple sexual partners without running afoul of draconian religious tenets. Repressive religions tend to put a blanket ban on alcohol and drug use as well. The correlation only stems indirectly from the mutual association with a religion and is not a causal effect.

Re:Polygamy is for sex (1)

Haedrian (1676506) | more than 3 years ago | (#34763858)

But Islam has polygyny, and bans alochol - and its a pretty popular faith...

Re:Polygamy is for sex (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34770734)

Hoedrian, that is exactly wiredlogic's point. I agree with wiredlogic that correlation does not equal causation. The religious argument is only one possible common cause kind of argument one could make. Maybe we could see other's at work as well such as modernization/technological development. But I think the religious explanation has a good deal of credence. Working Papers hardly working? (2)

DarkStarZumaBeach (668886) | more than 3 years ago | (#34762970)

I just had a long hard laugh looking at some of the titles of their working papers, which remind me of the humorous article titles in the "Journal of Irreproducible Results".
Makes me wonder if there is a bright future in enology economics research.


AAWE Working Paper No. 67 Economics
Fraternity Membership & Frequent Drinking
Jeffrey S. DeSimone


AAWE Working Paper No. 68 Economics
Binge Drinking & Sex in High School
Jeffrey S. DeSimone


AAWE Working Paper No. 70 Economics
Return to Wine: a Comparison of the Hedonic, Repeat Sales, and Hybrid Approaches
James J. Fogarty and Callum Jones


AAWE Working Paper No. 71 Economics
Does Drinking Impair College Performance? Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Approach
Scott E. Carrell, Mark Hoekstra and James E. West


AAWE Working Paper No. 73 Economics
Collective Reputation Effects: An Empirical Appraisal
Olivier Gergaud and Florine Livat


AAWE Working Paper No. 74 Economics
The Role of Viticulture and Enology in the Development of Economic Thought
Stephen Chaikind


Well that's an interesting research topic: Is the quantity of economic thought in direct proportion to the quantity of wine consumed?
Guess we would have to drink to that!


What if ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34763694)

... we could have the best of both : women and alcohol !

Hmmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34764254)

Makes sense to me. If you're trapped in a monogamous relationship, you're going to have to resort to alcohol to keep your sanity!

Bad Summary (1)

BaileDelPepino (1040548) | more than 3 years ago | (#34774082)

The summary misquotes the original article as about drinking and polygamy. The original is about drinking and polygyny. The difference being that "polygamy" is having multiple spouses, while "polygyny" is having multiple wives. Contrast with "polyandry", which is having multiple husbands.

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