Think you're too smart to over-indulge on the alcohol? Well, you could be mistaken, because it turns out that the 'cleverest' women are actually the heaviest drinkers.
Those with degrees are almost twice as likely to drink daily, according to a study by the London School of Economics, and they are also more likely to admit they have a drinking problem. In fact, women's alcohol consumption can be predicted from their school test scores as young as aged 5, where those who achieved 'medium' or 'high' marks were 2.1 times more likely to drink daily as adults. While a similar correlation was found in men, the link was less strong than in women, with the report concluding: '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 authors of the report, Francesa Borgonovi and Maria Huerta, suggested that women with higher educational attainment may drink more because they tend to delay motherhood, meaning they don't have the responsibility of children to worry about and have more active social lives or a workplace with a drinking culture. They also suggested that, as girls, these women may have grown-up in middle-class families and seen their parents drink regularly. Of course, there is a big difference between enjoying the odd glass of wine and becoming dependent on alcohol – if you're worried about your consumption, then take Drink Aware's self assessment test, where you can find information and advice on how to cut down your intake.