Smart people drink more

It’s an assumption I’ve always held and one that really just seems self-evident: The smarter you are, the more you drink.

No, really.

A study conducted using data from the National Child Development Study in the United Kingdom and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health in the United States, found that intelligent people really do drink more alcohol.

The specifics of the study, as handily summarized by someone called Ian O’Neill from Discovery News, were as follows:

By tracking the intelligence of children under the age of 16 and then revisiting them as adults, it turned out that kids who were considered “more bright” than others in their age group ended up drinking more alcohol later in life.

And, while it seems like a conclusion that one might be able to quickly to debunk by looking at any number of other possible factors, the study was fairly thorough in controlling other elements (I mean they are scientists, after all). In fact, the study included controls for all of the following factors: Continue reading “Smart people drink more”