According to a study conducted in Finland that followed sets of twins from birth to young adulthood, children with advanced verbal skills may be at a higher risk of alcohol abuse from their teens into their early to mid-20s. The study showed that children, who start speaking earlier than their peers, also learn to read sooner or show advanced abilities to express them. This may be susceptible to the temptation of experimenting with alcohol more frequently than others in their age group.
The study also indicated that peer associations and a desire to engage in “sensation seeking” behavior at advanced ages may contribute to the potential abuse of alcohol. Children who are more advanced on a cognitive level than those of their age group will become bored with their societal boundaries. They will tend to be more inclined to seek stimulation because they have possibly “outgrown” the experiences and expectations of their peers and seek a new level of excitement through alcohol.
While advanced verbal skills may indicate a potential to experiment with alcohol at an earlier age and into young adulthood, research also indicates that those same verbal skills also appear to prohibit those young adults from becoming addicted to or dependent upon alcohol. They may experiment and go through a period in their lives where they are seeking new experiences and turning to alcohol. But their cognitive and communication abilities will also work to apparently make them more aware of the dangers in becoming addicted.
If you are concerned about the potentially addictive or dependent behaviors of yourself or a loved one, please contact a detox or rehab center soon. Don’t wait until it’s too late to make a life-saving change!