According to a new study, high-school students in inner-city Boston who consumed more than five cans of non-diet, fizzy soft drinks every week were between nine and 15-percent likelier to engage in an aggressive act compared with counterparts who drank less.

I drank soda all my life – non-diet in my earlier years and I continue to drink diet soda each and every day of my life and I’ve never exhibited any type of physical violence in my life.

The study included only a couple of questions aimed at taking a children’s home background into account, including whether the teen had taken a meal with his family in the previous days.  I would think that would be very important.   Maybe the fact that many of these kids probably don’t have any discipline in their lives has something to do with their behavior.  I would’ve liked to know if there’s a father in the home, are the parents involved in their children’s education, are the kids truant and how are they doing scholastically.  I’d bet very little has to do with how much Coke they drink in a week.

I remember reading another study years ago about very successful people, from all walks of life, with rich and humble beginnings. The one single factor that seemed to be present in each person’s life was the fact that they ate dinner as a family when they were young. Now, that was interesting.

By the way, I’m wondering if we, the taxpayers, funded this crazy survey.