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Test developed for teenage binge-drinking risk

3rd July 2014

According to research from scientists, it can be predicted which teenagers are likely to binge-drink.

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Using a combination of 40 factors, the test can predict with 70% accuracy, which 14-year-olds will be binge-drinking when they are 16 years old.

An international team of scientists looked at a huge variety of variables, including: brain structure, personality and major life events - such as family history.

The test requires the use of brain scans, which cost thousands of pounds per person and would currently would be far too expensive to be used on a larger scale.

Previous have not been able to decipher what it is that makes one person more likely to binge drink.

The chairperson of the Medical Research Council neurosciences and mental health board, said: "Addiction and substance misuse is a major medical, social and economic problem for the UK.

"The UK government spends more than £15bn annually in meeting the cost of drug-related social and economic harm."

He also said that further reasearch could "lead to breakthroughs in this field and provide compelling evidence to inform public health policy and lay the groundwork for the design of interventions".

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