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J Epidemiol Community Health. 2006 Oct;60(10):872-4.

Childhood IQ and life course socioeconomic position in relation to alcohol induced hangovers in adulthood: the Aberdeen children of the 1950s study.

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  • 1MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, 4 Lilybank Gardens, Glasgow G12 8RZ, UK. david-b@msoc.mrc.gla.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the association between scores on IQ tests in childhood and alcohol induced hangovers in middle aged men and women.

DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS:

A cohort of 12 150 people born in Aberdeen (Scotland) who took part in a school based survey in 1962 when IQ test scores were extracted from educational records. Between 2000 and 2003, 7184 (64%) responded to questionnaire inquiries regarding drinking behaviour.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Self reported hangovers attributable to alcohol consumption on two or more occasions per month.

RESULTS:

Higher IQ scores at 11 years of age were associated with a lower prevalence of hangovers in middle age (OR(per one SD advantage in IQ score); 95% CI: 0.80; 0.72, 0.89). This relation was little affected by adjustment for childhood indicators of socioeconomic position (0.82; 0.74, 0.91) but was considerably attenuated after control for adult variables (fully adjusted model: 0.89; 0.79, 1.01).

CONCLUSIONS:

Higher childhood IQ was related to a lower prevalence of alcohol induced hangovers in middle aged men and women. The IQ-hangover effect may at least partially explain the link between early life IQ and adult mortality. This being the first study to examine this relation, more evidence is required.

PMID:
16973534
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PMCID:
PMC2566055
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