American research has suggested that having a strong sweet tooth may indicate an increased risk of developing alcoholism.

A study performed by doctors from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, found college students' whose fathers were alcoholics, preferred super sweet drinks and strongly disliked drinks with lower sugar in contrast to students who had no family history of substance abuse.

The researchers have said the findings raise the possibility of developing a sweet taste test for assessing the clinical risk of a drinker becoming an alcoholic.