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Smart People Drink More Booze

a lot of alcohol? That’s because you’re smart! Here’s a study showing
that smart children in the UK and the United States grow up to drink more
alcohol than their dumber counterparts:

… more intelligent children, both in the United Kingdom and the United
States, grow up to consume alcohol more frequently and in greater quantities
than less intelligent children. Controlling for a large number of demographic
variables, such as sex, race, ethnicity, religion, marital status, number
of children, education, earnings, depression, satisfaction with life,
frequency of socialization with friends, number of recent sex partners,
childhood social class, mother’s education, and father’s education,
more intelligent children grow up to drink more alcohol in the UK and
the US. [...]

The data come from the National Child Development Study (NCDS) in the
United Kingdom. There is a clear monotonic association between childhood
intelligence (measured before the age of 16) and the frequency of alcohol
consumption in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. "Very bright" British
children grow up to consume alcohol nearly one full standard deviation
more frequently than their "very dull" classmates.

So go ahead, drink up! Satoshi Kanazawa of Psychology Today has the post:
– via Discovery

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November 5th, 2012

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