Every kind of person can be exposed and fall prey to addiction. A new study is showing however that amongst teens, those in schools considered to be for the wealthy may be more exposed to drug and alcohol issues.
The study carried out by researchers of the Northeast U.S. found that by the time they reach 26, these “rich kids” are three times more likely to be diagnosed with addiction problems compared to their not-so-wealthy peers.
It is not the first time such revelations are being made after similar studies. In a 2009 study, rich kids were identified as being at risk of substance abuse. It is a troubling trend which researchers say must be overturned if America must not suffer grave consequences from teenage drug misuse. One might be tempted to think that as they grow older (and wealthier), they will get a little more responsible. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
The researchers have been looking at possible reasons why these well-to-do kids may be more vulnerable to addiction. They see some forms of pressure as a possible explanation. Rich kids are under pressure to perform well in school. They also come under a lot of pressure from their peers. All these pressure may push them to do something irresponsible to relieve themselves of the stress that comes with the pressure.
The researchers see this trend as worrying. It may not have gotten as much attention as it deserves and the scientists are urging parents to be a little more watchful of their children. Perhaps if rich parents especially, create some time to spend with their children, they will be able to know them better. They will be able to know their worries better and deal with these forces that could push their children to addiction.