Drinking problems and childhood IQ linked

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beer bottlesYou'd think that having a higher IQ would mean being smart enough not to abuse alcohol. But in fact, having a high IQ as a child may actually put a person at risk for drinking problems.

When researchers compared the drinking habits of over 8,000 adults to their IQ at age 10, they found that both men and women with high childhood IQs were more likely to have a drinking problem in adulthood, and that women were especially at risk. This finding is surprising, and experts say that more research needs to be done to figure out why this is the case.

Here's my very unscientific theory: Kids who succeed academically are more likely to go to college. And many college campuses practically make drinking -- especially binge drinking -- an extracurricular activity. It stands to reason that at least some of those students don't outgrow their partying ways, and instead carrying those drinking habits into adulthood.

Though newly minted college students aren't always open to the idea of talking over their personal lives with their parents, it's not a bad idea to discuss the dangers of binge drinking with your college freshman (or sophomore or junior, for that matter). Kid's Health has some talking points to get you started.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.