Some teenagers' personalities make them more likely than other teenagers to develop problems with alcohol. Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London studied 2,506 teenagers with an average age of 13.7. They tested them for sensation-seeking, impulsiveness, anxiety-sensitivity and hopelessness. From the initial sample 1,159 were identified as being at high risk for substance abuse. Of these children 624 received two, ninety-minute group sessions on alcohol prevention carried out by a trained teacher while the rest were a control group. The children who had not had the session were 1.7x more likely to report alcohol use while those who went to the sessions had a 55% decreased risk of binge drinking. Those who had had the sessions drank less often and had less alcohol-related problems.
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