Is your teenager at risk of becoming a binge drinker?

Any parent will know that it is typical for teenagers to rebel and suffer from mood swings. 

But researchers have identified four specific personality traits that indicate your child is at risk of becoming a binge drinker.

They say adolescents who display higher than average levels of impulsiveness, sensitivity to anxiety, sensation seeking and hopelessness are at high risk of becoming binge drinkers.

The findings come as alarming research in May revealed teenagers who frequently binge-drink are more likely to commit suicide in their 20s.

Youngsters with higher levels of impulsiveness, sensitivity to anxiety, sensation seeking and hopelessness are more likely to develop alcohol problems (file)

Youngsters with higher levels of impulsiveness, sensitivity to anxiety, sensation seeking and hopelessness are more likely to develop alcohol problems (file)

IS YOUR TEENAGER AT RISK OF BINGE DRINKING? 

Children with higher than average levels of these personality traits have been shown to be more likely to develop alcohol and drug problems:

Impulsivity is specifically linked with misuse of stimulants (including cocaine and prescription stimulant medications). Children who do not act before thinking their actions through are at risk.

Sensation seeking is associated with alcohol and cannabis abuse. Youngsters often say they drink and take drugs out of boredom.

Anxiety sensitivity is said to make people more likely to misuse depressant drugs, such as alcohol, sedatives and opioids.

Hopelessness is also associated with depressant drugs. Children who have this trait may think they're no good at anything and see themselves as failures.

'There is no doubt that investing time and resources in promoting health at an early age, prior to the onset of consumption, has positive repercussions, including minimizing the pattern of binge drinking,' said the study authors in the journal Frontiers.

The NHS defines binge drinking as 'drinking lots of alcohol in a short space of

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