Fatherhood helps men drop their bad habits, according to a new research by the Oregon State University and University of Houston. It was observed that after becoming dads, men cut back on drinking alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use and also committed less crime.
While there was no significant difference in marijuana use; tobacco use declined. There was significant fall in the crime rates and alcohol consumption. The likelihood of dropping these bad habits was more in men who became fathers in their late 20s and early 30s than those who had kids in their teens or early 20s.
Thus fatherhood can be a transformative experience even for men who engage in high risk behavior. The findings have been published in the Journal of Marriage and Family.