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Study: Educated Women Heaviest Drinkers

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MyFoxBoston.com: A new study states that being educated makes women more likely to suffer from a drinking problem.

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The UK Telegraph reported findings from a study at the London School of Economics shows that "the more educated women are, the more likely they are to drink alcohol on most days" and to admit to having a drinking problem.

Researchers Frencesca Borgonovi and Maria Huerta reported the findings after they tracked the lives of thousands of 39-year-old women and men, all born in the UK during the same week in 1970.

The study went on to suggest that women's alcohol consumption can be predicted as early as 5 years old by their scores on school tests.

"Medium" or "high" test marks were up to 2.1 times more likely to drink daily when they become adults, according to the Telegraph.

Borgonovi and Huerta offer different reasons why. The women tend to have children later. They also may have had more active social lives or worked in male-dominated workplaces with a drinking culture.

They may have also grown up middle-class with parents who drank more regularly.

The participants were quizzed throughout the study asking if they ever felt they should cut down on their drinking, or had they ever "had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover."

Women with degrees were 86 percent more likely to drink on most days, while women with some educational qualifications were 71 percent more likely to drink on most days compared to women with no qualifications.

The report, printed in the journal Social Science and Medicine, said that males and females who achieved highly in tests given at 5 and 10 years old are significantly more likely to abuse alcohol than students who performed poorly.

TimesOnline.com reported in 2008 that intelligent people are at more of a risk of suffering from alcohol problems than those less intelligent.

The study by the Medical Research Council also showed that women in particular are more likely to drink heavily in their thirties if they are smart.

The findings, printed in the American Journal of Public Health, reportedly surprised researchers who thought more intelligent people would recognize the risks of overindulging in alcohol. They suggested that stressful jobs of professionals and the drive to succeed may drive them to drink.

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SDMom22 April 6, 2010, 10:54 PM

Depends on who can afford to drink. It ain’t cheap. I know. LOL! Boy, better start gearing my kids for stupidity. Might save them from alcoholism. WTH??


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