Studies Link Heavy Drinking To Greater Intelligence

Alcohol may have been an accidental discovery as people tried to make a meal out of rotten fruit. As you probably know, sugar plus fermentation equals ethanol. Or what regular folk calls alcohol.

It was simple: fruits have sugars, and through fermentation, these fruits turned into sources of alcohol.

With Time, People Learned To Make Alcohol For Its Own Sake

That first happened in Mesopotamia about 10,000 years ago, before distillation began in 700 AD.

But now, scientists tell us that a tendency to drink alcohol is a sign of greater intellectual abilities. Research confirms this interesting fact.

The study went down in the London School of Economics.

It showed that women with higher educational degrees drank twice as much as those who had not attended university.

Similar results were witnessed among men.

Generally, educated women were 71 percent more likely to drink, and so did 49 percent of men.

Dr. Kanazawa found out that children who were considered intelligent ended up consuming more alcohol in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, unlike children who were considered "very dull."

Incredibly, the most intelligent children ended up consuming about 80 percent more alcohol than the "very dull" children.

This was observed in both UK and the US.

Researchers were keen to prove that drinking had nothing to do with socioeconomic status. After they discounted these factors, it was still clear that more intelligent people drank more alcohol on average.

Scientists think having greater intelligence has a connection to a desire to try out new experiences. That is why educated people are seen to drink more.

As The Scientists Put It, Intelligent People Have "Higher Stimulation-Seeking Tendencies."

A related study also found out that high intelligence in adults was linked to a preference for drinking wine, although this could have something to do with social status and even salary among other factors.

The study that revealed this was done in Denmark and it involved about 2000 Danish men and their drinking habits over 40 years. The tendency to drink wine instead of beer was seen to increase as the men aged.

The researchers found out that while 40 percent of the men with higher IQs preferred wine, only 13 percent of the less intelligent men did.

What Does This Mean?

That if you have an above-average tendency to drink, it could have something to do with the fact that you have a greater level of intelligence. Obviously, being a heavier drinker is not enough evidence that someone has a higher intelligence.

It could also have something to do with your lifestyle choices, social status, salary, and many other factors. So, don't turn into a drunkard and call yourself more intelligent. Don't count on us buying into that.