Navigation Links
Smart Kids More Likely to Try Illicit Drugs as Young Adults
Date:11/15/2011

TUESDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Brainy children are at increased risk for illegal drug use when they're young adults, a new study says.

Researchers analyzed data from nearly 8,000 people in the ongoing 1970 British Cohort Study of drug use, education and socioeconomic status. The participants' IQ scores were checked at ages 5 and 10 years, and their use of illegal drugs (marijuana, cocaine, uppers, downers, LSD and heroin) was self-reported at ages 16 and 30.

At age 30, about 35 percent of men and nearly 16 percent of women had used marijuana in the previous year, and 8.6 percent of men and 3.6 percent of women had used cocaine during that time. In general, men were twice as likely as women to use drugs.

The investigators found that 30-year-old men who had high IQ scores at age 5 were about 50 percent more likely than those who had low IQ scores to have used amphetamines, ecstasy and several illicit drugs.

At age 30, women who had high IQ scores at age 5 were more than twice as likely to have used marijuana and cocaine as those with low IQ scores.

The study, published in the Nov. 14 online edition of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, found similar associations between high IQ at age 10 and subsequent drug use.

The reasons for the link between high IQ and illegal drug use aren't clear, but highly intelligent people are often open to new experiences and embrace novelty and stimulation, the study authors noted in a journal news release.

Previous research has also shown that highly intelligent children tend to be easily bored and targeted by other children for being different, "either of which could conceivably increase vulnerability to using drugs as an avoidant coping strategy," according to James White of the Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement at Cardiff University in Wales, and a colleague.

While the study uncovered an association between IQ and drug use, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse has more about drug abuse and addiction.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, news release, Nov. 14, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Smart city, smart village proposals progress as Malaysias global advisory council meets
2. Fighting a smarter war against cancer
3. Preemies With Faster Brain Growth May End Up Smarter
4. Rest Assured, Parents, Teens Really Do Get Smarter With Time
5. Can Fatty Acids in Breast Milk or Formula Make Kids Smarter?
6. ONR-Funded smartphone app exceeds 33,000 downloads in first 3 weeks
7. Smartphones Really Are Habit-Forming: Study
8. Smartphones May Be Taxing Your Eyes
9. Extreme Heat Calls for Smarter Workouts
10. Smartphone making your eyes tired?
11. Using fear to guide smart investments
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Smart Kids More Likely to Try Illicit Drugs as Young Adults
(Date:10/13/2017)... QUEENS, N.Y (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... recently became a member of ElderCounsel, a national organization of elder law and special ... constantly changing laws and rules. It also provides a forum to network with elder ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills is proud to host ... items from across the nation, this holiday-themed event will raise funds and awareness for ... The boutique will be open Saturday, November 4 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House ... most popular and least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. The Book of ... baffled scholars for centuries. Many have tossed it off as mere rubbish, but Yisrayl ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the ... danger possible to save lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains ... a dedicated teacher of the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... now treating sleep apnea using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. As many ... sleep disorder characterized by frequent cessation in breathing. Oral appliances can offer significant ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2017)... -- AVACEN Medical , Inc. (AVACEN) announced that Frost ... Product Innovation Award for Its fibromyalgia pain management device. ... device market research by Frost & Sullivan,s industry experts. ... relief product, the AVACEN 100, offers a safe and effective ... ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... , Oct. 11, 2017  BioPharmX Corporation (NYSE ... team that developed an innovative way to use nonlinear ... the delivery of new drugs. ... Clinical Dermatology Conference will show how researchers from BioPharmX ... Harvard Medical School used a suite of imaging techniques ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... , Oct. 11, 2017  Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. ... Aspen Surgical facility in Las Piedras, Puerto ... scalpels and blades. ... that the facility sustained minor structural damage, temporary loss ... Maria. Repairs have been completed, manufacturing operations have resumed, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: