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Predicting which teenagers will be binge drinkers may be possible

According to a new study, several personality factors can help predict which teenagers may become binge drinkers, including thrill-seeking behaviors, a lack of conscientiousness and a family history of drug use.

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Genetics, brain function and other factors hold promise of helping researchers predict which teenagers will become binge drinkers and abuse alcohol. A study just out in the journal Nature suggests scientists can teach a computer to make such a prediction with close to 70 percent accuracy.
But it's not a slam-dunk. The researchers note that "a comprehensive account of alcohol misuse must accommodate individual must accommodate individual differences in biology, psychology and environment and must disentangle cause and effect."
"It's sort of a deep mystery — why do some people become addicted and others don't," Hugh Garavan, associate ...

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