More than one in five married Brits didn’t have sex on their wedding night because they were either too tired or too drunk, according to a new poll.
Though most married couples surveyed by pollster YouGov said they consummated their marriage on their wedding night, the number of British couples who fail to perform in the bedroom is rising sharply, especially among younger generations.
More than two-thirds of married couples aged 60 and over said they had sex on their wedding night compared to just 58 percent aged 18-39. The under 40s also recorded the highest percentage of people who couldn’t even remember whether they’d had sex with their new spouse at 8 percent.
Sixty-nine percent of couples between the ages 40-59 had sex with their spouse on their wedding night while 23 percent couldn’t manage it.
“Older people are more likely to not have had sex before marriage (15 percent of over 60s compared to five percent of under 40s),” writes YouGov’s Will Dahlgreen.
“But this difference is only half as big as the difference between older and younger married couples who did not consummate their wedding, and cannot fully explain why many British people don’t have sex on their special day.”
The principle reason so many couples don’t seem to be able to muster the strength or enthusiasm to consummate their marriage is exhaustion, with 48 percent saying they were too tired for sex.
The second reason was booze, with 21 percent admitting they drank too much to have sex with their spouse. The average British wedding comes with a hefty price tag of $30,400, meaning there’s ample opportunity for the bride and groom to over indulge on booze and food before taking to the marital bed.
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