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Drunken Geniuses: Sharp as a Tack, Drunk as a Skunk

Your intelligence at 16 is a strong indicator of how much and how often you will drink throughout adulthood.

Over the last 55 years, in the U.S. and U.K., several studies have been conducted that show a direct relationship between childhood intelligence and adult alcohol consumption. Controlling for a huge plethora of factors, the study reveals that it is intelligence itself that influences alcohol consumption, not all the things that accompany intelligence.

All things being equal...

(demographic variables controlled for)


- gender
- race
- ethnicity
- religion
- marital status
- number of children
- parental status
- education
- earnings
- depression
- satisfaction with life
- frequency of socialization with friends
- number of recent sex partners
- childhood social class
- mother's and father's education
- political attitudes
- taking medication for stress
- experience of stress without taking medication
- childhood family income

The Super Smart...

IQ's by the age of 16 (they all try alcohol at the same rate)


- Very dull: <75
- Dull: 75 - 90
- Normal: 90 - 110
- Bright: 110 - 125
- Very Bright: >125

Get Super Smashed.

The very bright compared to the very dull are...


- get drunk more than 4x more often
- binge drink 3x more often

The Quantity of Drinking (standard deviation of 1)


- Very Dull: -0.433 = proportionally 6pac
- Dull: -0.132 = proportionally 9.28 beers
- Normal: 0.000 = proportionally 10.58 beers
- Bright: 0.153 = proportionally 12.20 beers
- Very Bright: 0.343 = proportionally 14.21 beers

The Frequency of Drinking

Getting Drunk or buzzed


- Very Dull - 0.352 = proportionally 5 times
- Dull - 0.667 = proportionally 9.47 times
- Normal - 1.158 = proportionally 16.45
- Bright - 1.478 = proportionally 20.99
- Very Bright - 1.524 = proportionally 21.65

The Frequency of Binge Drinking (5 or more drinks in a few hours)


- Very Dull - 0.503 = proportionally 7.14
- Dull - 0.816 = proportionally 11.59
- Normal - 1.225 = proportionally 17.4
- Bright - 1.473 = proportionally 20.92
- Very Bright - 1.487 = proportionally 21.12

College Graduates (64,805,556 people)

68.4% are drinkers of all kinds(44,327,000 people)


- - 45.8% responsible drinkers (29,711,000 people)
- - 22.6% binge drinkers (14,616,000 people)
- - 5.9% heavy drinkers (3,827,000 people) - as a type of binge drinker

Some College (57,748,355 people)

60.8% are drinkers of all kinds (35,111,000 people)


- - 33.2% responsible drinkers (19,199,000 people)
- - 27.6% binge drinkers (15,912,000 people)
- - 8% heavy drinkers (4,622,000 people) - as a type of binge drinker

High School Graduates (70,041,584 people)

50.5% are drinkers of all kinds (35,371,000 people)


- - 24.1% responsible drinkers (16,881,000 people)
- - 26.4% binge drinkers (18,490,000 people)
- - 8.2% heavy drinkers (5,714,000 people) - as a type of binge drinker < High School Degree (34,627,841 people) 35.2% are drinkers of all kinds (12,189,000 people)
- - 11.1% responsible drinkers (3,821,000 people)
- - 24.1% binge drinkers (8,368,000 people)
- - 7.1% heavy drinkers (2,448,000 people) - as a type of binge drinker

Chug This

This study was conducted in the U.S. which has a relatively moderate drinking rate and the U.K. which is higher.

(liters of pure alcohol per capita per year)


- U.S. - population over 15: 9.44 | male drinkers: 20 | female drinkers: 8.5 | total drinkers: 14.4
- U.K. - population over 15: 13.37 | male drinkers: 21.6 | female drinkers: 9.5 | total drinkers: 15.6
- U.S. cost of binge drinking: $223 billion/year = $710.42 Per person
- U.K. cost of binge drinking: $30.47 billion/year = $485.66 Per person (from 20 billion pounds/year)

Compared to moderate drinking...


- Abstaining increases mortality risk 51%
- Heavy Drinking increases mortality risk 45% (binge drinking 5 nights out of a month)

Sources


- http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-scientific-fundamentalist/201010/why-intelligent-people-drink-more-alcohol
- http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-scientific-fundamentalist/201102/more-intelligent-people-are-more-likelybinge- drink-and-ge
- http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/addiction-in-society/201011/why-do-smarter-healthier-and-richer-people-drinkmoderately
- http://oas.samhsa.gov/NSDUH/2k9NSDUH/tabs/Sect2peTabs43to84.htm#Tab2.46B
- http://www.who.int/substance_abuse/publications/global_alcohol_report/msbgsruprofiles.pdf
- http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1360-0443.2008.02173.x/abstract
- http://personal.lse.ac.uk/kanazawa/pdfs/RGP2010.pdf
- http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/07/do-you-really-have-to-go-to-college/?_r=0


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