Intelligence across childhood in relation to illegal drug use in adulthood

Abstracts in academic literature often give an interesting but not always comprehensive view of what is contained in the paper.

This one reports on an analysis of a large population-based birth cohort (1970 British Cohort Study) to look at whether there was a correlation between a number of measures including cannabis and cocaine use, parental social class and psychological distress at 16 years; cannabis, cocaine, amphetamine, ecstasy and polydrug use (more than three drugs) in the past 12 months; and social class, educational attainment and gross monthly income at 30 years.

The authors conclude that high childhood IQ may increase the risk of illegal drug use in adolescence and adulthood.

These findings suggest that targeting young people at risk of social exclusion may miss an important cohort of future drug users.

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