High IQs in childhood linked to drug use...

smoking-jointRemember all that mumbo jumbo your jive teachers would throw at you during those yearly presentations they (flanked by a local area law enforcement official dressed in his most intimidating stormtrooper gear) would be required to run through…

How drugs were for the dummies and those destined to be life’s losers…

Well it turns out a new British study begs to differ…

The study, based on the data coming out of a 1970 British Cohort Study which followed 1000s of British citizens for decades charting their every move, came out finding a direct link between higher IQs and drug abuse.

high-iqThe participants’ IQs were tested at the ages of 5, 10 and 16. The study also asked about drug use and looked at education and other socioeconomic factors. Then when participants turned 30, they were asked whether they had used drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and heroin in the past year.

Researchers discovered men with high childhood IQs were up to two times more likely to use illegal drugs than their lower-scoring counterparts. Girls with high IQs were up to three times more likely to use drugs as adults. A high IQ is defined as a score between 107 and 158. An average IQ is 100. The study appears in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

James White, a psychologist at Cordiff University in the United Kingdom and lead researcher of the study, claims to have been totally surprised by his findings.

"Previous research found for the most part people with high IQs lead a healthy life, but that they are more likely to drink to excess as adults."

While conclusive in this odd “fun fact”, the study does little to explain why people with high childhood IQs are more likely to use illegal drugs. "We suspect they may be more open to new experiences and are more sensation seeking," says White. In the paper, White and his co-author also mention other studies that find high IQ kids may use drugs because they are bored or to cope with being different.

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