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“More intelligent children in both studies grew up to drink alcohol more frequently and in greater quantities than less intelligent children.”

November 2, 2012

That should be a “rich getting richer” sort of story: the smarter you are, the more you drink, the smarter you get:

More intelligent children in both studies grew up to drink alcohol more frequently and in greater quantities than less intelligent children. In the Brits’ case, “very bright” children grew up to consume nearly eight-tenths of a standard deviation more alcohol than their “very dull” cohorts.

Researchers controlled for demographic variables — such as marital status, parents’ education, earnings, childhood social class and more — that may have also affected adult drinking. Still, the findings held true: Smarter kids were drinking more as adults.

But somehow these researchers missed a simple calculation:

Although increased alcohol consumption could be a reflection of exceptional brainpower, drinking more will certainly not make you any more intelligent than you already are.

Will not make you more intelligent? Are they forgetting the Wildebeest Theory?

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