Why do smart kids grow up to be heavier drinkers?


Quote:Why do smart kids grow up to be heavier drinkers?
A pair of new studies suggests a correlation between intelligence and a thirst for alcohol. What's the connection?
posted on October 26, 2010, at 1:11 PM

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Best Opinion:  Psychology Today, Food & Wine Blog, The Frisky

Don't worry, all that excessive drinking is just a sign of your intelligence. According to two long-term studies — one American, one British —  there's a correlation between smarts and a thirst for alcohol. The "more intelligent children in both studies grew up to drink alcohol more frequently and in greater quantities than less intelligent children," says Liz Day at Discover. Why might this be the case?

It's all about evolution: Drinking alcohol was "unintentional, accidental, and haphazard until about 10,000 years ago," says Satoshi Kanazawaat at Psychology Today. Smart people are generally early adopters and, in the context of human history, "the substance [alcohol] and the method of consumption are both evolutionarily novel."
"Why intelligent people drink more alcohol"

Alcohol makes up for boring early years: "I'm surprised" by the findings, says Joanne Hinkel at The Frisky, so "here’s my pop-psychology theory" to explain it: "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." Granted, that's just a theory.
"Brain types booze more — are you surprised?"

Drinking is the only way to deal with morons: Smart people "booze so we can tolerate everyone else," says Greg at Food & Wine Blog. When sober, we tend to "take people’s responses at literal face value." But after a few drinks, "we can relax a bit, stop being so anal with semantics and let comments slide a bit."
"Speculative reasons why smart people drink more"
As soon as I hear "a study as found", my mind usually goes to sleep - but some of that actually made sense.
Well, because they're smarter!!!!!    :laughing:
I was going to point to college, but I like DS's answer better...
Well, I'm Curly from the 3 stooges on this board, but I'm Thomas Aquinas compared to the rest of society, and I drink too much.  I wouldn't call it smart. :(
I was very happy when I read this study. I drink like a fish.
I knew I had a good reason!
Phew, I'm glad I'm not the only miserable soak here.
I feel like this is a fundamental piece of my search to understand myself.


Odd, I got smart and stopped drinking and will so through Christmastide.
Sounds like they are justifying drunkenness.  You study, head down a good path, then become a drunk, "to make up for what you missed", quite possibly ruining your life.

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