We’ve all been around someone who becomes the smartest person in the room when they’re drunk. What the world be like if there weren’t people who get sauced and pontificate? Many of us have probably assumed for years that was just a part of the whole drinking experience, and that one of the side effects of booze is that it makes you think you’re smarter than you are.
But, if you know someone like that, you may or may not want to show them the results from a new study published by the London School of Economics. The results seem to show that the more educated someone is, the more likely they are to be a routine drinker.
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As reported by StudentProblems.com, the study showed that women with degrees are about twice as likely to drink booze every day.
In a nutshell, they found that women who had a degree to their name, were almost twice as likely to drink alcohol daily.
The research found that women with educational qualifications were 71% more likely to drink most days.
The same study showed that men were 49% more likely to drink every day if they held a degree. This lone study can be taken with a health grain of skeptical sodium, of course, but StudentProblems found another survey that seemed to back up the findings to a certain degree.
The National Survey on Drug and Health use found that among college graduates, 68.4 percent reported drinking versus only 35.2 percent of those who did not graduate high school.
There are, of course, a couple of big problems with making the claim that the “smartest” people are the heaviest drinkers. For starters, the implication that someone without a degree can’t possibly be smarter than someone with a degree. Then there’s the fact that as much as this study has shown “scientifically” that heavy drinkers often hold degrees, science has also proven over and over again the numerous health risks involved with consuming too much alcohol. No study can take away the existence of cirrhosis, for example.
Studies like these can still be helpful in breaking down cultural stereotypes and misconceptions. For example, if there was a study conducted that showed similar findings, but for cannabis use, people could start to break down the stereotype of the lazy stoner by pointing to the advanced degree on their wall as they prep another bong rip. Regardless, at least this study from the London School of Economics should make you less worried about that keg stand you’re about to do stopping you from getting a diploma.
Writer/comedian James Schlarmann is the founder of The Political Garbage Chute and his work has been featured on The Huffington Post. You can follow James on Facebook and Instagram, but not Twitter because he has a potty mouth.