Intelligent teens more likely to use alcohol and cannabis

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Academically gifted teens are more likely to use cannabis and alcohol than their less gifted counterparts, according to a study published in BMJ Open.

Researchers collected data for 6059 young individuals from the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England which included information on academic ability around age 11 y and health behaviours during early and late adolescence.

Children with high academic ability had an increased risk for occasional (relative risk [RR], 1.25) and persistent (RR, 1.83) drinking during early adolescence, and persistent drinking (RR, 2.28) during late adolescence. Similarly, children with high academic ability were more likely to use cannabis occasionally (RR, 1.51) and persistently (RR, 1.91) during late adolescence. Interestingly children with high academic ability were less likely to smoke cigarettes (RR, 0.6...