Jul 20, 2020
Nearly 4 extra years of education cuts a risk of alcohol dependence by 50%. National Institutes of Health investigators draw this conclusion from their study of 780,000 participants.
The genetic markers linked to more education were not associated with less alcohol consumption but rather with less binge drinking, fewer memory gaps due to drinking, fewer drinks on average per drinking day, and a lower weekly intake of beer or hard cider. Added education did link to more alcohol with meals and more wine consumption.
Our politicians now talk about extending public education to include 4 years of college or vocational training. One benefit of these additional years after high school may be fewer Americans with alcohol addiction.
Rosoff et al. Educational attainment impacts drinking behaviors and risk for alcohol dependence: results from a two-sample Mendelian randomization study with ~780,000 participants. Molecular Psychiatry, 2019 DOI: 10.1038/s41380-019-0535-9
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