Smart People Drink More Booze

Drink a lot of alcohol? That's because you're smart! Here's a study showing that smart children in the UK and the United States grow up to drink more alcohol than their dumber counterparts:

... more intelligent children, both in the United Kingdom and the United States, grow up to consume alcohol more frequently and in greater quantities than less intelligent children. Controlling for a large number of demographic variables, such as sex, race, ethnicity, religion, marital status, number of children, education, earnings, depression, satisfaction with life, frequency of socialization with friends, number of recent sex partners, childhood social class, mother's education, and father's education, more intelligent children grow up to drink more alcohol in the UK and the US. [...]

The data come from the National Child Development Study (NCDS) in the United Kingdom. There is a clear monotonic association between childhood intelligence (measured before the age of 16) and the frequency of alcohol consumption in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. "Very bright" British children grow up to consume alcohol nearly one full standard deviation more frequently than their "very dull" classmates.

So go ahead, drink up! Satoshi Kanazawa of Psychology Today has the post: Link - via Discovery News

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"Almost a standard deviation" can just as easily be rendered as "Less than a standard deviation." No mention of statistical significance, no link to the actual study. For an observational study like this, thats tantamount to meaningless.
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