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Counterintuitive? Kids with better verbal skills start drinking early

on 16/09/13 at 9:44 am

Booze News

imagesFinnish researchers find that children with better cognitive and verbal abilities are more likely to begin drinking early.

Early drinking in teenagers may be widely discouraged, but surprising new research has found that kids with better verbal and cognitive abilities are more likely to hit the sauce earlier than their less-bright peers.

A Finnish study to be published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research,followed 3,000 Finnish twins, looking at both their drinking behavior and their verbal development.

The researchers discovered that kids who developed verbal abilities earlier – correlated with higher cognitive abilities — were almost twice as likely to drink as their less cognitively gifted twin.

Further, kids in the more gifted group of twins were almost four times as likely to get drunk during any given month than their more cautious counterpart.

Although smarter kids may be more likely to begin drinking earlier, their intelligence also may protect them from the dangers of alcohol abuse.