In this study, Dr.
Leonard examined heavy drinking, cognitive functioning, and
marital satisfaction and conflict in 300 couples over a three-year
time period. Couples in which the husband, wife, both, or neither
are frequent heavy drinkers were recruited. Researchers tested
whether self-regulation skills, in conjunction with heavy drinking,
smoking, and other health issues, influence marital satisfaction,
marital stability, and marital conflict. Funded by an award of
$2,635,812 from NIAAA, 2007-2012.