Educated Dutch among most likely in Europe to drink regularly

Well-educated Dutch and Belgian citizens are more likely than almost anyone in Europe to drink alcohol at least once a week, according to a study published on Tuesday.

The social research institute SCP compared people’s drinking habits and other healthy living trends against their levels of education. The findings were not unsurprising.

A person living with a highly educated partner is likely to drink more alcohol but smoke less. People at the lower end of the educational scale had a greater chance of being overweight and having a risky lifestyle.

The study, which was carried out in association with Radboud university in Nijmegen, covers smoking, alcohol consumption, fruit consumption, vegetable consumption, body movements and obesity.