teen binge drinkingIs it possible to tell if someone is at risk for future binge drinking?  A recently published study suggests it is.

The study was published in the journal Nature.  It conducted 10 hour comprehensive assessments on 2400 14-year olds in eight different European countries.  Five years later a follow up was done to see which teens went on to drink heavily at age 16.

Although there are many factors which influence teenage binge drinking, some of the best predictors of future binge drinking were:

  • sensation-seeking traits,
  • lack of conscientiousness,
  • having a single drink by age 14, and
  • family history of drug use.

Also at risk were teens who experienced several stressful life events.

 

A summary of the findings can be found on Science Daily.

 

Written By: New Hope Recovery Center