There are many things that can destroy a marriage, I think in my short 26 years of life, I have seen it all. One thing in particular really pops out in my mind when I start thinking about this topic, and that is alcohol. Alcohol has been the root of a lot of problems in my life, of course I was never one to succumb to it's control, but I saw it take down friends, family members, co-workers, etc. Someone always takes on the role of the "other person" in these situations, the one who is picking up the other person when they are drunk somewhere, the person who has to make excuses for the other, the one who ends up hurt the worst. I could see how easily either my husband or myself could have fallen down this path. Growing up it was the thing to do, my parents drank socially, they drank alone, they drank together, whenever, wherever. It was just what they did. Luckily for me, I am the black sheep of the family and did my own thing all the time, it worked out for me. My husband was raised completely different however, with deep roots in the church, but combat can do things to a person. We have all seen it, Mr. Super Soldier goes to war, comes back and because of the red tape in trying to get support they turn to what they know, alcohol. From there it spirals into a whirlwind of issues, but that is a whole other blog post for another time. It did not become a problem for us, and after he began taking his lovely cocktail of medications it became something that rarely even crosses our minds.
Anyway, to the point here, I was recently approached about this survey as part of a dissertation of a graduate student from Clark University. I normally turn stuff like this away, but I feel like this one is really important. I went ahead and took it, I think you should too.
Participate in a survey on couples and alcohol use and enter to win a raffle!
Are you and your spouse legally married and at least 18 years of age?
Have you or your partner consumed alcoholic beverages in the last 6 months?
Is alcohol use an area of disagreement in your marriage?
If you answered yes to the above questions, you and your spouse are eligible to participate in a research survey regarding the relationship between your marriage and your alcohol-related help seeking behaviors. When you both complete the survey, you will each be entered into a raffle for one of four $50 Amazon gift cards!
The survey will take each participant approximately 20 minutes, and survey responses will be anonymous.
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This study has been approved by the Clark Committee for the Rights of Human Participants in Research and Training Programs (IRB). Any questions about human rights issues should be directed to the IRB Chair, Dr. James P. Elliott, 508-793-7152, email@example.com. The study is being conducted by C.J. Fleming, M.A. and James Cordova, Ph.D. in the Psychology Department at Clark University. Please feel free to contact the researcher ( alcoholusesurveyemail@gmail.
com ) or the research supervisor ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) with any questions or concerns.