WHY BRAINY PEOPLE ARE MORE AT RISK FROM ALCOHOL
Intelligent people are more likely to develop alcohol-related health problems than their less brainy counterparts, states the Medical Research Council‘s social and public-health services unit at Glasgow University.
Its researchers speculate, in the American Journal of Public Health, this is because there is a greater chance of them having stressful jobs which drive them to drink.
The Council also found that women working in male-dominated professions are especially susceptible to alcohol problems.
Middle-class women are particularly likely to drink heavily in their 30s, putting them at risk of liver disease and some cancers.
Scientists looked at 8,710 men and women born in in the UK during one week in 1970. They compared their mental ability at the age of 10 with information about their alcohol consumption and drink problems at 30. People with higher childhood mental-ability scores had higher rates of problem drinking in adulthood. The extra risk was higher for intelligent women than men.
The Office for National Statistics shows that the more that you earn, the more you drink – people in higher income groups consume 30% more alcohol than the ‘working classes’. Those in the very highest income brackets drink even more.
REVISING CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS
Because of the trend towards larger wine glasses, the govenment was forced to revise consumption calculations.
Under the old calculation system, a glass of wine was one unit; now it counts as two. The change mean that professionals could be drinking up to 50% more than the old figures indicated. Latest calculations reveal the average woman drinks 9 units a week, men 18.7 units.