Turns out spending years and years in college and grad school doesn’t just up your brain power and raise the amount of debt you probably owe. It also causes you to drink. A lot.
Thanks to data collected by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, we now know that education has a lot to do with how often we drink. In fact, 35 percent of all college-educated people drink more than 100 days a year. Compare that to the only 10 percent of non-high school educated individuals who do the same and you can see how expanding your knowledge also seems to expand your taste for booze.
While it’s easy to say this is simply a result of education driving inebriation, it probably has more to do with the fact that those who have more advanced degrees are more likely to have jobs in which networking and entertaining clients is a core part of the role, and we all know how much drinking alcohol is a part of that. Plus, college-educated people tend to have more disposable income, and more money for booze.
But it could also have to do with the fact that, at least these days, knowing more about the world and how it works often drives one to drink.
Check out the chart below to see all the data: