Influence of Sleep on Drinking Behaviors

Drinking Behaviors |

A recent study, published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, shows the effect that lack of sleep has on the drinking behaviors or teenagers.  What researchers found after the study is the following:

– Teenagers with sleep issues were 47% more likely to binge drink than those without sleep issues

– Teenagers with sleep issues were 14% more likely to drive drunk

– A year later, the teenagers with sleep issues were 11% more likely to have interpersonal issues related to alcohol

Although sleep is not the only factor that affects a teenager’s decision to consume alcohol, it is a factor that teens and their parents can control.  By getting just one extra hour of sleep, the study found that it decreases binge drinking by 10%.

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