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%.