Tuesday, November 2, 2010

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?

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, 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.

Alcohol makes up for boring early years: 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.

Drinking is the only way to deal with morons: Smart people booze so we can tolerate everyone else, 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.

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