Link between taste for sweet drinks and alcoholism

February 10, 2010 12:36:08 PM PST
A child who is drawn to super sweet drinks is also more likely to have a family history of alcoholism and symptoms of depression.

Scientists tracking 300 children caution simply having an ultra sweet tooth does not mean a child will become an alcoholic, just that there is a link between an attraction to ultra-sweet taste and a family history of alcoholism.

The study's authors believe the results could help scientists come up with strategies for getting kids to reduce their refined sugar intake.

The study is published in the journal Addiction.