A recent study claims that the world's smartest people are also the heaviest drinkers, so you may not have to feel quite so guilty about your weekend blow out...
The study carried out by London School of Economics followed thousands of 39-year-olds, and found that women who held a university degree were almost twice as likely to drink daily as their counterparts who didn't go to university. The results for men were similar.
"The more educated women are, the more likely they are to drink alcohol on most days and to report having problems due to their drinking patterns. The better-educated appear to be the ones who engage the most in problematic patterns of alcohol consumption" the study said.
The research found that women with educational qualifications were 71% more likely to drink most days, while men were 49% more likely.
Another study reported similar findings - the National Child Development Study in the UK found a clear association between childhood intelligence and the amount of alcohol people consumed in their 20s, 30s and 40s.
The study marked children under the age of 16 on a cognitive scale from 'very bright' to 'very dull' (wow, a bit harsh...), with 'very bright' children possessing an IQ over 125, and 'very dull' children with an IQ of under 75.
It was found that 'very bright' kids grew up to consume alcohol almost one full standard deviation more frequently than their 'very dull' counterparts. The latter responded mostly "almost never get drunk", while the former "get drunk once every month or so".
According to Psychology Today, the correlation is there because drinking is "evoluntionarily novel" - human consumption of alcohol was "unitentional, accidental, and haphazard" until about 10,000 years ago. So basically what they're saying is that more intelligent people are more likely to uptake more recent evoluntionary habits, including drinking alcohol.
We guess that means we're just more advanced? The science says so!