Clever children more likely to use drugs A new study suggests children with high IQ have a higher rate of illicit drug use than their peers. There is little previous research on this issue and that which has been done has given conflicting results. The higher rate of drug use is considered surprising by some as those with high IQ typically engage in more healthy behaviour such as healthy eating and avoiding smoking. This is considered to be because those with higher IQ make themselves better informed about risks and benefits of different behaviours. This study drew on data from the British Cohort Survey which follows 20,000 individuals who were born in the same week in 1970.
Paper in BMJ: http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2011/10/28/jech-2011-200252.abstract
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