If you like to wind down with a drink or two on the weekends, you’re obviously not alone. We’re all about imbibing (responsibly, of course!) from time to time, especially after a long and stressful week of work.
Interestingly enough, scientists have found evidence to suggest that there’s a surprising correlation between one’s education level and their likelihood of heavy drinking—and even problem drinking.
Below, we’re breaking down the study and what it may mean for you. Keep reading to get the scoop.
The study focused on young adults in Britain.
via: GettyIt was published in 2010 by researchers from the London School of Economics.
They found that more educated people tended to drink more.As the study says, “We found that higher educational attainment is associated with increased odds of daily alcohol consumption and problem drinking." This correlation was more pronounced in women than in men.
So, going to college might drive you to drink?!It’s not clear what might cause this — more stress? More disposable income?
Here’s another mind-blowing fact.People who scored well on tests in childhood “are at a significantly higher risk of abusing alcohol."
Reminds us of this tweet…
anyone who was a “pleasure to have in class” has an anxiety disorder now— jacob (@jacob)1545606338.0
More education may lead to heavier drinking.“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 study says.
This is slightly disconcerting.And here we thought we’d get a diploma after graduating. If you have a drinking problem or you're worried about a friend, help is out there! Talk to your doctor or check out Alcoholics Anonymous.
A 2013 study echoes a similar idea.
via: GettyThe National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that among college graduates, 69.2 percent reported that they were current drinkers, while only 36.5 percent of those who did not graduate high school self-reported as drinkers.