Teen pot smokers and drinkers struggle to achieve some of the hallmarks of adult success, including obtaining a college degree, getting married, holding down a full-time job and earning a good living, the researchers found.
“Parents should try to delay their children’s onset of use as much as possible,” said research supervisor Victor Hesselbrock, the chairman of addiction studies at the University of Connecticut.
The researchers have been tracking the life course of 1165 young adults from across the US, most of whom come from a family with a history of alcoholism.
Participants’ habits were first assessed at the age of 12. After that, the researchers checked in on them at two-year intervals, up until age 25 to 34.