Your Toddler’s Emotional Instability May be an Indicator for Teen Drinking
A huge breakthrough has been made in determining whether or not a child will grow up to abuse alcohol. A recent study in the journal Alcoholism reveals that the temperament and personality traits of your child may be directly correlated to your teen’s alcohol use as they grow.
The study analyzed the results of a long-term study that tracked thousands of newborns from birth through to age 15 ½ years of age. The data was based on observations made by the mother for the first five years of the child’s life and from the observations of both parents and the child themselves from the age of five on.
The study found that the traits of children that most correlated with alcohol usage during the teens were emotional instability and introversion or extreme extroversion, because the attention seeking behavior led to being the life of the party whereas the introvert needed the liquid courage to be social.
Wow! That’s a little scary to think that our children are who they are going to be, personality wise, by the time they are in first grade. I have a little one who is going into first grade this year and I know I will be keeping a little closer eye on her this year.
Going from my own experience, I grew up fairly social but slightly reserved. When it comes to drinking. I didn’t drink at all until I was a senior in high school and then it was only socially. In college, I drank a lot more probably because I felt overwhelmed and like a little fish in a huge pond. Once I graduated, I now only drink socially. I do have a friend I grew up with who was painfully shy and when we got to high school she began to drink heavily just to have the nerve to go to parties and football games and pretty much all social functions. Once we were in our 20’s she continued on this way and to this day, at 40, she still needs a couple drinks before going to any social situation to loosen her up so maybe there is something to this study.
What do you think? Do you think your toddler’s tantrums and emotional instability can predict that he might be a alcoholic drinker in high school?