British, smart, educated, accomplished and female? You may be sloshed, according to Francesca Borgonovi and Maria Huerta of the London School of Economics, in a report published in the journal Social Science and Medicine recently.
It even can be predicted from the earliest ages, as girls as young as five who score high on tests in school are twice as likely to drink daily, and to report drinking problems, in adulthood. Men who fit this bill are only about 50% as likely to do so. This from a study that followed several thousands of women born in 1970.
Possible reasons being that such women postpone having children (and parental responsibilities) longer, work in male dominated industries and have active social lives.
This would seem to complement Canadian economist Christopher Auld's so called drink-income puzzle study that finds 'moderate drinking is associated with 10 percent higher income, and heavy drinking associated with 12 percent higher income, than drinking abstention.'