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The Parent Trap: Smoking, drinking and crime go down when men become dads

First-time dads smoke and drink less, and are less likely to be involved in crime

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BECOMING a father can help change men’s bad habits. When they become fathers for the first time, they smoke and drink less, and are less likely to be involved in crime, according to a 2011 US study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family. This assessed more than 200 men aged over 19.

"These decreases [in tobacco and alcohol use and crime] were in addition to the general tendency of boys to engage less in these behaviours as they approach and enter adulthood," said David Kerr, an assistant professor of psychology at Oregon State University and lead author of the study.

The biggest improvements were seen in men who became fathers in their mid-to-late 20s and early 30s.

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