Your toddler’s personality may help predict their alcohol use years later, a new study says. The study, which tracked over 12,000 British newborns from birth to teen years, found that alcohol-drinking teens tended to show childhood personality traits on two extremes of the personality spectrum. On one side of the spectrum, children who showed emotional instability and low sociability tended to become alcohol-drinking teens. On the other side of the spectrum, highly extroverted children also tended to become alcohol-drinking teens.
According to the article by LiveScience, this study included “the broadest and most comprehensive range of factors to date” and is acknowledged by other experts to be “a substantial step forward,” although not enough to accurately predict teen alcohol use. Danielle Dick, a psychologist and a co-author of the study, said in a statement, “People don’t enter adolescence as blank slates; they have a history of life experiences that they bring with them, dating back to early childhood. This is one of the most comprehensive attempts to understand very early childhood predictors of adolescent alcohol use in a large epidemiological cohort.”