A logical answer would be that educated women make more money, on average, and can therefore afford a luxury like alcohol. Or, some women (who are much brighter than me) may have been so smart, that they married into money and can afford a luxury like alcohol (and Botox, and a summer home, and a gardener, etc.) Or, and this is quite possible in a study like this, drinking alcohol actually MAKES you smarter!
Now that might not seem logical, but I don't think it should be ruled out. On several occasions, I surprise myself with what comes out of my mouth after one or two glasses of wine. In fact, I also find that other people sound smarter after I've had a few cocktails.
So, this got me thinking about the drinking practices of SHE:
- According to Gallup polls, about two-thirds of women drink alcohol, with about 25% saying they had a drink in the last 24 hours. (I'm in that 25%)
- About 50% of women choose wine over other beverages. (Yeah, guilty)
- In the United States, almost three times as many men (9.8 million) as women (3.9 million) abuse alcohol or are alcohol-dependent. (Does not apply to me and my heart goes out to these people and their families...icky stuff)
- Based on 2008 statistics, three of the top 10 wines consumed in the US were White Zinfandel. (Seriously? I implore all White Zinfandel drinkers to immediately switch over to Pinot Grigio...here's a good one to try...immediately...really, don't let anyone see you drinking White Zinfandel ever again...I'm doing you a favor...trust me. This same advice applies if you're reading this with a wine cooler in your hand.)
- There were NO red wines in the top 10 list! (I'm on a one women crusade to change this...keeping in mind the 3rd bullet above)
- A bottle of wine is approximately 600 calories. (This is equivalent to ~6 miles of running, which I think is totally doable and reasonable penance)
- My Pottery Barn wine glass holds ~1/3 of a bottle of wine, which is equal to 230 calories. (This would explain the appearance of my "muffin top"....and clearly means that I need to start running again)
(No, this is not me...I wish I looked that good...and could pull off a tube top)