Your Toddler’s Emotional Instability May be an Indicator for Teen Drinking

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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?

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Your Toddler’s Emotional Instability May be an Indicator for Teen Drinking

Deborah Cruz, @TruthfulMommy, is the creator of The TRUTH about Motherhood, an often humorous and brutally honest look at motherhood. She's a writer, a wife, and a work-at-home Mommy who's trying to do it all well. She live in the Midwest with her 2 little girls and her husband. She has a lot of degrees from a bunch of schools but mostly spends her days shuttling people under the age of 7, while trying to maintain her sanity and she wouldn't have it any other way. She talks a lot. She ... More

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  1. Angela says:

    I’m pretty doubtful on this study. I was an extremely shy child; and now, at the age of 24, I’m still not very comfortable in social situations. I never even tried alcohol until I was 22; and I’m not a fan of it at all. My boyfriend – whom I’ve known since we were kids – was extremely outgoing. He didn’t try alcohol until he was 19; and now only does it socially. Three of my brothers and one of my sisters were neither shy nor very outgoing. All of them started drinking in their teens; and now three of them drink socially while the other is a full on alcoholic. But then again, maybe we’re just the exceptions. Who knows?

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