Smarter young people use more alcohol and cannabis’
Teenagers and adolescents who do well in school are more likely to drink alcohol and to use cannabis. This is evident from a study about the use of cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana among six British young people.
The research was published by the British Medical Journal Open and was done by researchers from University College London. The young people had for the research, regular questionnaires.
From the research emerges that the smartest young people are less likely to smoke but more often, cannabis and alcohol use. According to the researchers, there is a correlation between the use of resources and the school performance, but no causal relationship.
The researchers have no explanation for their findings. A possible answer would be, according to them, in that the smarter young people are more open to new experiences and experiments. Another possibility the researchers suggest is that the smarter young people, often from affluent families, giving them access to, for example, alcohol would be easier.