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Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2015 Mar;39(3):548-55. doi: 10.1111/acer.12656. Epub 2015 Feb 20.

IQ and level of alcohol consumption—findings from a national survey of Swedish conscripts.

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Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Studies of the association between IQ and alcohol consumption have shown conflicting results. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between IQ test results and alcohol consumption, measured as both total alcohol intake and pattern of alcohol use.

METHODS:

The study population consists of 49,321 Swedish males born 1949 to 1951 who were conscripted for Swedish military service 1969 to 1970. IQ test results were available from tests performed at conscription. Questionnaires performed at conscription provided data on total alcohol intake (consumed grams of alcohol/wk) and pattern of drinking. Multinomial and binomial logistic regressions were performed on the cross-sectional data to estimate odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs). Adjustments were made for socioeconomic position as a child, psychiatric symptoms and emotional stability, and father's alcohol habits.

RESULTS:

We found an increased OR of 1.20 (1.17 to 1.23) for every step decrease on the stanine scale to be a high consumer versus a light consumer of alcohol. For binge drinking, an increased OR of 1.09 (95% CI = 1.08 to 1.11) was estimated for every step decrease on the stanine scale. Adjustment for confounders attenuated the associations. Also, IQ in adolescence was found to be inversely associated with moderate/high alcohol consumption measured in middle age.

CONCLUSIONS:

We found that lower results on IQ tests are associated with higher consumption of alcohol measured in terms of both total alcohol intake and binge drinking in Swedish adolescent men.

KEYWORDS:

Alcohol Consumption; IQ

PMID:
25702705
PMCID:
PMC4368388
DOI:
10.1111/acer.12656
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