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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Who Knew?

Smart kids grow up to drink more than other kids. In what seems to be exactly inverse proportion! This makes me think of Spencer Tracy.

 The studies controlled for "both income and education, as well as childhood social class and parents’ education." The study concluded:

“Very bright” British children grow up to consume nearly eight-tenths of a standard deviation more alcohol than their “very dull” classmates.

Andrew Sullivan at The Daily Dish:

It's what Oakeshott called "the ordeal of consciousness." When you have a constantly charging brain, you need to shut it off sometimes in order to breathe and live. It's no wonder so many brainiacs self-medicate in this way. The key thing, as always, is moderation.

This is all from Psychology Today, via Andrew. He does a Chart of the Day (not really every day) that is always good. Here's the link:

Why Intelligent People Drink More Alcohol

More intelligent people are more likely to binge drink and get drunk


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