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.
A team led by Ana Adan from the University of Barcelona analysed the scientific literature on binge drinking and personality traits from January 2006 to February 2017.
The researchers note that the problem is increasing worldwide.
They state the two most studied personality traits for binge drinking are impulsivity and sensation seeking.
Impulsivity is associated with poor planning skills, difficulty maintaining attention, and risk-taking behavior.
Sensation seeking is defined as ‘the general need for adventure and excitement, the preference for unforeseeable situations and friends, and the willingness to take risks simply for the experience of living them’.
Both traits are considered risk factors for lifetime.
Male binge drinkers are more likely to have impulsivity and sensation seeking traits than women, the study notes.
Whereas for female binge drinkers, neuroticism was a strong link.
The team note: ‘A higher neuroticism-anxiety has been observed in binge drinkers, although this is a consequence of the results from women.
‘High levels of neuroticism also explain the negative consequences of alcohol consumption in both sexes.’
Binge drinking can increase risks of accidents resulting in injury, violence and antisocial behaviour, misjudging risky situations and losing self-control, like having unprotected sex.
Regular abuse of alcohol will take its toll on many of the body’s organs and may cause organ damage, including the brain and nervous system, heart, liver and pancreas.
Binge drinking as a teenager can cause long-lasting damage to the brain well into adulthood, a 2015 study warned.
This is because drinking excessive amounts of alcohol when young can damage the brain and cause permanent changes to DNA.
This, in turn, can put teenagers at risk.