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Why Kids (in the U.K.) with High IQs are More Likely to Take Drugs | Time

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Nov 22, 2011

People with high IQs are more likely to smoke marijuana and take other illegal drugs, compared with those who score lower on intelligence tests, according to a new study from the U.K. "It's counterintuitive," says lead author James White of the Center for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement at Cardiff University in Wales. "It's not what we thought we would find." The research was based on interviews with some 7,900 British people born in early April 1970. Researchers measured the participants IQs at ages 5 and 10, then followed up with them at ages 16 and 30, asking about symptoms of psychological distress and drug use as part of a larger survey.

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To read the Cardiff University press release on the study, visit: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/mediacentre/mediareleases/y2011/7683.html

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