A study on childhood intelligence had an interesting discovery: intelligent people tend to drink more and more often than duller individuals. Two studies were being conducted (National Child Development Study in the United Kingdom and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health in the United States) to see if there is a way to gauge how intelligent a kid would be when they grew up.
American participants were examined 7 years later as adults. In the UK, they kept a closer watch and followed the participants into their 40's. When they hit their 20's, the scientists started keeping track of their drinking habits. Scientists did account for different environmental factors to see if that skewed the numbers, but it did not. In general, the more intelligent test subjects drank more.
The news story is HERE.
Now, everyone is hypothesizing as to why.
Psychology Today argues that drinkable alcohol is a newer invention, and has only been around 10,000 years. Our ancestors used to get their alcohol through eating rotten fruits. So, it seems this publication is insinuating that we are hardwired to want alcohol or that it is a part of life... ? Do smarter people 'sense' this is a part of our heritage and seek out modern alcohol...? What a weird hypothesis.