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Drunken Geniuses: Intelligence And Alcohol Consumption


This is an infographic about intelligence and alcohol consumption. Basically smarter people are more likely to drink more. Unless you're me, in which case you're more likely to be dumb and drink more. I can can barely tie my own shoes but I can make a case of beer disappear like a f***ing magician.

Thanks to Pamela and Jack, who were both involved in making the infographic so please direct any complaints to them.

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  • thatwave

    There is nothing here that proves that smarter people drink more. It shows that college graduates drink more. Education and intelligence are not the same. Although there might be a correlation, it is not reliable to consider that one stands for the other. I know plenty of low IQ people who managed to get through college. Maybe they are your drinkers?

  • Charles Whelan

    The smarter you are, the more money you make. The more money you make, the more you are able to afford social events, dinning out, fund raisers, etc... hence, the smarter you are, the higher the likely hood of social drinking (or "responsible drinking") ..

    ..At least this is what I have seen.

  • Tyler AitchKay

    "The smarter you are, the more money you make."
    [citation needed]

  • Charles Whelan

    No citation needed - that is why I ended with "..At least this is what I have seen"

  • Tyler AitchKay

    Explain Kim Kardashian, Honeybooboo and Jersey Shore please

  • John Whatmeworry

    So, according to this, Russians are the smartest people on the planet.

  • GreyGanado

    No, this inforgraphic is only about the US and UK.

  • The Teapot

    As someone who is 30 and has only been buzzed once in his life, I'm either a statistical outlier, or am the dumbest person in existence, and am going to die tomorrow from lack of alcohol.

  • thatwave

    I have a masters and I'm a member of a high IQ club. I've never been drunk in my life and I'm not interested in trying it.

  • Mister Cerberus

    Not drinking causes a higher mortality risk than consistent heavy drinking? Yup, that's completely true.
    I know tons of people who've died from their livers being too healthy, and even more who've died from not getting in car accidents. I was just thinking the other day that I didn't have enough type 2 diabetes.

  • The Teapot

    Basically what the following links say is that people who abstain either have fewer friends, and have less social interaction.
    After food and air, people biggest need is other people - to be heard. And drinking helps with that.

  • Tyler AitchKay

    So people who don't drink simply lose the will to live, then? Huh, I guess Lucas was onto something with Padme's seemingly inane death...

  • Wow, we finally brought it back to nerd stuff. I knew we could do it.

  • GreyGanado

    Drinking is nerd stuff.

  • KLanD

    Ya.. I call shenanigans on this infograph. All the people I know who pound em back like there's no tomorrow are not in the 100+ club.

  • Correlation is not causation. This doesn't say intelligence causes alcoholism or the other way around.
    Clearly there are other factors afoot.

  • KLanD

    I agree, but that infographic clearly states that the studies show that it's "intelligence alone"

  • Right, that merely means that intelligence alone has a correlation. There's still no mention of causation. I could flip a coin heads 10 times in a row on Tuesday and 10 times in a row tails on Wednesday. From that you could say there appears to be a correlation, but the saying the cause is the day of the week is silly.

  • KLanD

    "it is intelligence itself that influences alcohol consumption"

    That sounds like their stating a cause to me.

  • Still not it. If you were to find a gene or a brain chemical that was categorically prevalent in people with alcoholism, and having that gene or chemical caused increased brain activity in that area... that might be cause. Two things happening often together will always just be correlation.

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