If you feel bad about getting carried away when you meet up with a friend for a mid-week wine—it’s happy hour, after all—good news: women who drink more are smarter, at least according to another study we’re going to take as gospel.
A UK study about education, alcohol use and abuse among young adults in Britain explored the relationship between education and alcohol consumption. The research found that college-educated women drank 86 per cent more than less educated women in the same group.
So what’s the link? It comes down to lifestyle choices—women who have higher levels of education are more likely to be working in higher-paying jobs, which would give them more disposable income for a wine (or three) most nights. They are also more likely to be socialising in situations that involve alcohol, whether it’s for work or play.
While this is probably enough information to make you pour another glass, it should be noted that the study found intelligent women had higher chances of being heavy drinkers who consumed alcohol daily—they were also more likely to become alcoholics.
Interestingly, the results were different for men. The same study found that drinking wasn’t associated with smarter men, and was in fact the other way around. Overall, men drank 11.1 per cent more than women.
As with all alcohol-related psychological studies, we should take this one with a grain of salt. But at least we’ll have a good comeback if someone tells us we’re drinking too much.
From: ELLE AUSTRALIA