Brainy Types Booze More — Are You Surprised?

Are you nursing a four-alarm hangover today? (Yeah, us too.) Were you an excellent student as a child? If your answers were “yes” and “yes” – that’s not a coincidence. This week, Psychology Today’s Satoshi Kanazawa blogged about a study which proves that intelligent people are more likely to drink. The study analyzed kids’ intelligence and then their drinking behaviors as adults and found that “bright” kids in the U.S. and the U.K. are more likely to grow up to consume alcohol and binge-drink more frequently than their “very dull” classmates. Huh.Exactly why this is the case has not been determined. I’m surprised — are you? Even though I know plenty of fiercely smart people who like to party like rock stars, I think we can all admit that it’s not always a “smart” move — for your health, body or mind — to booze heavily (though it can be pretty damn fun).

Some theories on the interwebs as to why this is the case:

  1. Some scientists say “intelligent people are more likely to have stressful jobs” that drive them to drink. [Daily Mail]
  2. Upper class people, individuals who have had more intense schooling, are pressured to drink in social situations. [Discover Magazine]

Or here’s my pop-psychology theory: All that studying in childhood repressed kids so much that they’re still trying to compensate well into adulthood for all that fun they missed.

What do you think? Have you noticed that the smartest people you know are also the biggest drinkers?