High Childhood IQ Linked to Subsequent Illicit Drug Use

Child ProdigiesVia ScienceDaily:

A high childhood IQ may be linked to subsequent illegal drug use, particularly among women, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The authors base their findings on data from just under 8,000 people in the 1970 British Cohort Study, a large ongoing population based study, which looks at lifetime drug use, socioeconomic factors, and educational attainment.

The IQ scores of the participants were measured at the ages of 5 and 10 years, using a validated scale, and information was gathered on self reported levels of psychological distress and drug use at the age of 16, and again at the age of 30 (drug use only) . Drug use included cannabis; cocaine; uppers (speed and wiz); downers (blues, tanks, barbiturates); LSD (acid); and heroin.

By the age of 30, around one in three men (35.4%) and one in six women (15.9%) had used cannabis, while 8.6% of men and 3.6% of women had used cocaine, in the previous 12 months. A similar pattern of use was found for the other drugs, with overall drug use twice as common among men as among women. When intelligence was factored in, the analysis showed that men with high IQ scores at the age of 5 were around 50% more likely to have used amphetamines, ecstasy, and several illicit drugs than those with low scores, 25 years later. The link was even stronger among women, who were more than twice as likely to have used cannabis and cocaine as those with low IQ scores.

The same associations emerged between a high IQ score at the age of 10 and subsequent use of cannabis, ecstasy, amphetamines, multiple drug use and cocaine, although this last association was only evident at the age of 30. The findings held true, irrespective of anxiety/depression during adolescence, parental social class, and lifetime household income.

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  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    Smart people tend to experiment with psychedelics. Rednecks generally like their meth & beer.

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    Smart people tend to experiment with psychedelics. Rednecks generally like their meth & beer.

    • Ronniedobbs

      Personally, I prefer my psychedelics with a little meth and beer…

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheJakeyl Jacob Newton

     Intelligent people carry the burden of knowing how insane this reality is, how manipulated and controlled it is…

  • Jacob Newton

     Intelligent people carry the burden of knowing how insane this reality is, how manipulated and controlled it is…

    • Dunzain

      Yes, that sounds about right, Newton.

    • CosmicAmazing

      Yea, that seems to explain it. Love the simplicity. 

    • Worthy Words

      Or they end up participating in the corruption and manipulation and are rewarded as good servants should be. If given the opportunity, would you use your intelligence to syphon money from the ignorant and stupid masses?  Some people might say yes, and those are the people working on wall street. 

      Let us not forget, ”It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.” 

      • wurthy werds

        “It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.”

        hope that dogma doesn’t bite you in the ass. perhaps that quote appeals to your reasoning and level of understanding, but to then consider that to be true in all cases is very foolish and just advertises your lack of understanding of the world.

        by the way, I happen to agree with the quote in a sense, but it is certainly oversimplifying things.

    • Anarchy Pony

      But then they fall down the rabbit hole.

  • Dunzain

    Yes, that sounds about right, Newton.

  • Tinytemper

    There is only one rational response to this if we want to WIN the War on Drugs.  

    Make it illegal for kids to be intelligent!!!  Parents will be punished for teaching their children to have open minds!  Nothing must be off limits if we Americans are to win this war!  Right, comrades!?!?  WHO IS WITH ME!!  DEATH TO DRUGGIES

    • I_abide

      I’ll wait to see what the ministry of thought tells me to think before I make a decision.

      • ChristianHypocrite

        They just told you that pizza is a vegetable.  The law is the law, double plus good!

  • Tinytemper

    There is only one rational response to this if we want to WIN the War on Drugs.  

    Make it illegal for kids to be intelligent!!!  Parents will be punished for teaching their children to have open minds!  Nothing must be off limits if we Americans are to win this war!  Right, comrades!?!?  WHO IS WITH ME!!  DEATH TO DRUGGIES

  • Tinytemper

    There is only one rational response to this if we want to WIN the War on Drugs.  

    Make it illegal for kids to be intelligent!!!  Parents will be punished for teaching their children to have open minds!  Nothing must be off limits if we Americans are to win this war!  Right, comrades!?!?  WHO IS WITH ME!!  DEATH TO DRUGGIES

  • Tinytemper

    There is only one rational response to this if we want to WIN the War on Drugs.  

    Make it illegal for kids to be intelligent!!!  Parents will be punished for teaching their children to have open minds!  Nothing must be off limits if we Americans are to win this war!  Right, comrades!?!?  WHO IS WITH ME!!  DEATH TO DRUGGIES

  • Tinytemper

    There is only one rational response to this if we want to WIN the War on Drugs.  

    Make it illegal for kids to be intelligent!!!  Parents will be punished for teaching their children to have open minds!  Nothing must be off limits if we Americans are to win this war!  Right, comrades!?!?  WHO IS WITH ME!!  DEATH TO DRUGGIES

  • emperorreagan

    I wish I could have experimented with LSD, but it never seemed to be available or I never had the right friends.  It was just pot and painkillers for me. 

    • Massstash420

      I’m addicted to life

      • FormlessVoid

        I am life

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      Should the chance ever come…heed these words…DO NOT take a shower until you come down. No one…no matter how cheerful they may be while tripping balls…is pleased to watch their skin roll off like water droplets and drain away.

      • Jin The Ninja

        lol.
        noted.

      • E.B. Wolf

        Au contraire mon fraire…I loved taking a shower on acid. More for the sensation than the visuals.

  • Ronniedobbs

    Personally, I prefer my psychedelics with a little meth and beer…

  • emperorreagan

    I wish I could have experimented with LSD, but it never seemed to be available or I never had the right friends.  It was just pot and painkillers for me. 

  • No

    this is the reason why drugs are banned or considered illegal

  • No

    this is the reason why drugs are banned or considered illegal

  • Anonymous

    I’ll wait to see what the ministry of thought tells me to think before I make a decision.

  • 5by5

    IQ =187. Check.
    Used marijuana? Check.
    Impressed with it? Not terribly. I can manage to giggle all on my own. It’s good for back pain though.
    Want to try harder stuff? Not really.

    See, the other part of being intelligent, is knowing that unless those drugs were manufactured in a controlled clinical setting, I’m not getting anywhere near that sketchy adulterated street shit. 

    Legalize it first, then we’ll talk.

    • Greif

      OR… Just grow it yourself.  

      I grow my own food, why not drugs/medicine too.

      • Guest

        “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

        - Hippocrates

    • Dunzain

      I always though that taking an IQ test was a dead giveaway for an individual to be a conformist. Take a test to comply with what the powers to be consider to be high intelligence… 

      Just kidding :)

    • Redacted

      187 lol

  • 5by5

    IQ =187. Check.
    Used marijuana? Check.
    Impressed with it? Not terribly. I can manage to giggle all on my own. It’s good for back pain though.
    Want to try harder stuff? Not really.

    See, the other part of being intelligent, is knowing that unless those drugs were manufactured in a controlled clinical setting, I’m not getting anywhere near that sketchy adulterated street shit. 

    Legalize it first, then we’ll talk.

  • CosmicAmazing

    Yea, that seems to explain it. Love the simplicity. 

  • Greif

    OR… Just grow it yourself.  

    I grow my own food, why not drugs/medicine too.

  • Worthy Words

    Or they end up participating in the corruption and manipulation and are rewarded as good servants should be. If given the opportunity, would you use your intelligence to syphon money from the ignorant and stupid masses?  Some people might say yes, and those are the people working on wall street. 

    Let us not forget, ”It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.” 

  • Dunzain

    I always though that taking an IQ test was a dead giveaway for an individual to be a conformist. Take a test to comply with what the powers to be consider to be high intelligence… 

    Just kidding :)

  • quartz99

    Ok, now, it’s before I’ve had any coffee today so maybe my reading comprehension is just down but don’t the first and third paragraphs contradict each other regarding percentage use among men and women? High IQ may be linked to higher drug use “particularly among women”, but “twice as common among men as women”…?

  • Anonymous

    Ok, now, it’s before I’ve had any coffee today so maybe my reading comprehension is just down but don’t the first and third paragraphs contradict each other regarding percentage use among men and women? High IQ may be linked to higher drug use “particularly among women”, but “twice as common among men as women”…?

  • GregForest

    Now I know why those Mensa folk are such stoners.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5OQFBZ26C3VQ5ONGZGDBDY4BUU Mark A

    I must have some really smart friends. I, however, appear to be the dumb one who stays away from the stuff.

  • Anonymous

    Now I know why those Mensa folk are such stoners.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5OQFBZ26C3VQ5ONGZGDBDY4BUU Mark A

    I must have some really smart friends. I, however, appear to be the dumb one who stays away from the stuff.

  • Massstash420

    I’m addicted to life

  • Azathoth

    “Although it is not yet clear exactly why there should be a link between
    high IQ and illicit drug use, the authors point to previous research,
    showing that highly intelligent people are open to experiences and keen
    on novelty and stimulation”

    That was my guess as well. Drugs are just another experience, something they always forget to consider, for some reason..

  • Azathoth

    “Although it is not yet clear exactly why there should be a link between
    high IQ and illicit drug use, the authors point to previous research,
    showing that highly intelligent people are open to experiences and keen
    on novelty and stimulation”

    That was my guess as well. Drugs are just another experience, something they always forget to consider, for some reason..

  • DeepCough

    Intelligence is a heavy burden: while drugs may not make it any lighter, they make it appear as if it’s not there.

  • DeepCough

    Intelligence is a heavy burden: while drugs may not make it any lighter, they make it appear as if it’s not there.

  • ChristianHypocrite

    They just told you that pizza is a vegetable.  The law is the law, double plus good!

  • Wanooski

    But then they fall down the rabbit hole.

  • FormlessVoid

    I am life

  • FormlessVoid

    I am life

  • Up&down

    If marijuana was bad I would be dead. Nuff said.

  • Up&down

    If marijuana was bad I would be dead. Nuff said.

  • Anonymous

    187 lol

  • Anonymous

    187 lol

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Should the chance ever come…heed these words…DO NOT take a shower until you come down. No one…no matter how cheerful they may be while tripping balls…is pleased to watch their skin roll off like water droplets and drain away.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    No shit Sherlocks…I’ve said it before…anyone with half a brain who takes a stroll through Wal-Mart or accidentally tunes in to Fox and DOESN’T need to numb the horror afterwards…has lost what little sanity they may have had. There is a reason I keep a bottle of the Balvenie and a pack of Camels near at hand at all times. Anyone who casually peeks through history will see that almost anyone, anyone at all, who has a shred of wit and soul…has a little trouble coping with the box seats we’re each assigned to watch this train wreck we call life. I’m not saying parts of it aren’t fun…or that I haven’t gotten plenty of jollies…but there have been an awful lot of facepalms along with all that.If I hadn’t developed a sense of humor centered on almost crystalline cynicism and beautifully bitter irony…I’m not sure how I would have thrived in this monkey house.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    No shit Sherlocks…I’ve said it before…anyone with half a brain who takes a stroll through Wal-Mart or accidentally tunes in to Fox and DOESN’T need to numb the horror afterwards…has lost what little sanity they may have had. There is a reason I keep a bottle of the Balvenie and a pack of Camels near at hand at all times. Anyone who casually peeks through history will see that almost anyone, anyone at all, who has a shred of wit and soul…has a little trouble coping with the box seats we’re each assigned to watch this train wreck we call life. I’m not saying parts of it aren’t fun…or that I haven’t gotten plenty of jollies…but there have been an awful lot of facepalms along with all that.If I hadn’t developed a sense of humor centered on almost crystalline cynicism and beautifully bitter irony…I’m not sure how I would have thrived in this monkey house.

  • Jin Onikoroshi

    lol.
    noted.

  • Anonymous

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  • wurthy werds

    “It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.”

    hope that dogma doesn’t bite you in the ass. perhaps that quote appeals to your reasoning and level of understanding, but to then consider that to be true in all cases is very foolish and just advertises your lack of understanding of the world.

    by the way, I happen to agree with the quote in a sense, but it is certainly oversimplifying things.

  • Guest

    “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

    - Hippocrates

  • E.B. Wolf

    Au contraire mon fraire…I loved taking a shower on acid. More for the sensation than the visuals.

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t you want to escape from a world, where you understanding of it, clearly shows it is run by psychopaths for psychopaths.

  • rtb61

    Wouldn’t you want to escape from a world, where you understanding of it, clearly shows it is run by psychopaths for psychopaths.

  • turtlesarereal

    intelligence breeds curiousity and experiementation.

  • turtlesarereal

    intelligence breeds curiousity and experiementation.

  • turtlesarereal

    intelligence breeds curiousity and experiementation.

  • turtlesarereal

    intelligence breeds curiousity and experiementation.

  • axisofinfinity

    All of life is based on your experiences and the intelligent of us can recognize that drugs can do more for you than reality almost ever can. Intelligent people also see how shitty everything is and they are the ones not completely dragged into the mainstream society of accepting what your told as truth. They question and try to discover, or decide to use the situation they’re given to prey on the rest of society.