1. Don’t drink, don’t smoke (pot). What do you do?

“Not homework” is the answer if you live in England and are of adolescent age. And yes, we made an Adam Ant reference. Deal with it. Researchers from the UCL Medical School in London conducted a 7-year longitudinal study to “determine the association between childhood academic ability and the onset and persistence of tobacco, alcohol and cannabis use across adolescence” in England. Their findings from 6,000 adolescents: high childhood academic performance at age 11 is associated with a reduced risk of cigarette smoking but an increased risk of drinking alcohol regularly and cannabis use. This persists into early adulthood, debunking the hypothesis that high academic ability is associated with temporary experimentation. Party on, England!

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