Drink your way to success?

Economics professor finds the more you drink, the more you earn

Apr 18, 2002 - An economics professor in Canada has found that people who drink more than average are also more likely to earn more.


As a result, Chris Auld of the University of Calgary was awarded more funding to research the link between drinking alcoholic beverages and earnings. He calls it "the alcohol-income puzzle."

Auld emphasizes that his preliminary finding are not meant to suggest it is possible to drink your way to corporate advancement. He said the reasons for the correlation could be the stress of high-paying jobs driving people to drink or that more sociable people are more likely to achieve career success.

"The puzzle is why are we finding this," he said. In an interview in the Calgary Sun, he joked that his extra funding will allow him to "buy more rounds at the bar."