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