The study used data from the British Cohort Study, a longitudinal study of the babies born during one week in Britain 1970 to the age of 34 in 2004. The research found that women educated at a college level drank 86 per cent more than less educated women in the same demographic. The relationship between education and drinking was more prevalent in women than men.
The study theorises that the results indicate that individuals who achieved high educational test scores in childhood are at a significantly higher risk of abusing alcohol across all dimensions. The results also suggest that educational qualifications and academic performance are associated with the probability of belonging to different types of alcohol consumers among women.
The research suggests that women who have higher levels of education are more likely to have higher paying jobs, which means more disposable incomes for alcohol, and more social situations that will often involve alcohol. The negative to this study is that the same women had higher chances of becoming alcoholics.
So, take what you may from the study, but at least it gives you a fabulous excuse next time your wine-with-the-girls date is questioned.
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