The more you drink the more intelligent you are - science says so

GOOD news booze lovers - it seems the more you drink the more intelligent you are.

That's right, a study has found a correlation between people's intelligence and the amount of alcohol they drink.

Smarter people drink more compared to those who are less bright, who tend to drink less, according to evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa.

The reason behind this hypothesis - why people want what they want - is important to understand.

Firstly, alcoholic beverages haven't always been around.

The earliest humans may have got drunk, but it would only have been from fermented fruit or other food.

Production of alcohol came much later on, making it an evolutionary novelty.

"The hypothesis would therefore predict that more intelligent individuals may be more likely to prefer drinking modern alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, and distilled spirits) than less intelligent individuals, because the substance and the method of consumption are both evolutionary novel," Kanazawa wrote on Psychology Today.

"Consistent with the prediction of the hypothesis, more intelligent children, both in the United Kingdom and the United States, grow up to consume alcohol more frequently and in greater quantities than less intelligent children."

But it's not because those from a higher socio-economic background can afford to drink more or socialise in circles that drink more, he added.

"It appears to be their intelligence itself, rather than correlates of intelligence, that inclines them to drink more," he added.

Not only that, some studies have actually linked drinking alcohol to boosting your brain.

It's easy to assume that beer makes you dumber, especially after you've seen your mate after a few pints.

But the silicons in beer help protect your brain from a build-up of different compounds that can cause cognitive decline.

Research from Loyola University in Chicago found moderate drinkers were 23 per cent less likely to develop Alzheimer's

Lead author Edward Neafsey said: "We don't recommend that nondrinkers start drinking, but moderate drinking - if it is truly moderate - can be beneficial."

Champagne has also been found to do the same thing.

That's because champagne contains a certain chemical that can stop the part of the brain responsible for memory from shrinking.

Phenolic acid has been linked to increased memory functions, studies have shown.

A team of scientists at Reading University tested the brain boosting benefits of champagne in 2013.

They gave rats the bubbly beverage everyday for six weeks and then challenged them to complete a maze.

The rats that consumed no champagne had a success rate of 50 per cent when put in the maze, but those who had enjoyed a little drink had a success rate of 70 per cent.

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