Time to put away the stereotypes. Smart people do drugs more than dumb people. Yep, a new research study proves that those annoying brainiacs who always sat in the front row at school, eager to answer any and all questions and whose mom drove around with a “proud parent of an honor role student” are more likely to smoke weed and snort coke later in life.
Published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, researchers looked at the lifetime drug use, socio economic factors and education of almost 8,000 people. What they found was a correlation to higher drug use as those with a higher IQ got older. In fact, men with higher intelligence were twice as likely to use amphetamines, ecstasy and other illicit drugs when they were 30. And women with higher IQ scores were more than twice as likely to smoke pot and use cocaine than their women with lower intelligence levels.
While the researchers aren’t sure why smarter people are more likely to get high (neither are we), they theorized that more intelligent people are “open to experiences and keen on novelty and stimulation.” They also noted that those with high IQs are more likely to be bored or bullied at school which could translate into “increased vulnerability to using drugs as an avoidant coping strategy” when they got older.
It’s also interesting to note that a prior study that women with a college education are twice as likely to drink daily as their less-educated counterparts. And, they are more likely to admit they have a drinking problem.
All of this makes a good case for those of us sober souls who struggled through algebra to say: Who’s the smart one now?