Having a Smart Car doesn’t make you smart, apparently. A 25-year-old man was arrested in Winnipeg for speeding in a Smart Car through a campground while drunk.
Worse, when campers confronted the driver about his reckless behaviour, he swore at them.
The presence of a Smart Car is an excuse to talk about drunk driving, which is generally agreed upon as a less-than-smart choice. But are drunk drivers less intelligent than other drivers?
There don’t seem to be any studies about the IQ of drunk drivers, but there have been studies about the link between intelligence and drinking. A Swedish study found that lower IQ scores were associated with higher alcohol consumption.
An English study, however, revealed that kids who develop language and intellectual skills earlier are more likely to use alcohol and drugs.
There’s even a study that suggests that people with larger vocabularies drink more.
Given the controversies surrounding the measurement of intelligence, it’s doubtful that we’ll get much conclusive info to help us with the problem at hand: drinking and driving. What is clear is that alcohol itself contains the seeds of drunk driving: by its nature it diminishes good judgment. Sadly, that means that the more drinks a person has, the more likely he or she will consider it okay to drive.
Drinking alcohol makes smart choices less likely. Which is why the smart choice – getting a designated driver, or putting away the car keys before a campfire drinking bout – should be made before the drinking starts.