Young Children’s Personality Traits Linked to Teen Alcohol Use

A child’s personality traits before age 5 may help predict whether they will use alcohol in adolescence, a new study suggests.

The researchers followed about 12,600 children from the time they were born. Parents were asked about their children’s personalities in the first five years of life; after that, the researchers interviewed both the children and their parents, Fox News reports. By age 15 ½, 4,600 teens were still participating. The researchers were able to statistically extrapolate results from the teens who had dropped out of the study.

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