London: Soon-to-be dads please take note: Fatherhood is good for your health, as a new study has found that smoking, drinking and other risky behaviours drop in men with babies.Researchers from Oregon State University in the US found that men who become dads for the first time tend to steer away from crime, tobacco and alcohol.The researchers drew the conclusion after studying more than 200 "at-risk" boys, aged between 12 and 31, for 19 years monitoring how their antisocial behaviour changed over time.While previous studies have shown how marriage can effect a man`s negative behaviour, this is the first to isolate the additional impact of fatherhood."This research suggests that fatherhood can be a transformative experience, even for men engaging in high risk behaviour," lead researcher David Kerr was quoted as saying.Kerr added that parenthood -- in addition to adulthood -- could be seen as "an independent factor in predicting decreases in crime, alcohol and tobacco use".
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