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Study Says Clever People Are More Likely To Drink Alcohol

Study Says Clever People Are More Likely To Drink Alcohol

A study conducted in the UK, which surveyed more than six thousand people, found that intelligent children were more likely to be regular drinkers and to smoke cannabis.

The study, which was published in the British Medical Journal, found that children who obtained high test scores at the age of 11 were linked to an increased likelihood of regular drinking and cannabis use but that intelligent young Brits were less likely to smoke cigarettes.


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The study's authors, James Williams and Gareth Hagger-Johnson, said: "Higher-ability adolescents are more open to try cannabis but are initially cautious of illegal substances in early adolescence as they are more aware of the immediate and long-term repercussions that breaking the law might incur."

Also as these clever young ones enter into their teen years, they statistically are less likely to binge-drink.

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The study found that clever children are more likely to smoke weed in their late teenage years - ages 18-20 - because they are more naturally more curious and express stronger desire to be accepted by older peers.

Researchers added: "High childhood academic at age 11 is associated with a reduced risk of cigarette smoking but an increased risk of drinking alcohol regularly and cannabis use.

"These associations persist into early adulthood, providing evidence against the hypothesis that high academic ability is associated with temporary 'experimentation' with substance use."

So, if you were a problem child, then it's time to tell your parents that it was actually just a sign of your intelligence.

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Topics: Alcohol, Cannabis

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.