Sleep-Deprived Teens May Be More Likely To Develop Drinking Issues Later In Life

TIME (1/18, Frizell) reported that research published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research suggests that “sleep-deprived teenagers are more likely than their peers to develop drinking problems later in life.”

The Los Angeles Times (1/18, Morin) “Science Now” blog reports that investigators analyzed “data contained in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, a survey of 6,504 students in grades 7 through 12.” The researchers found that “during the first two years of the survey, adolescents who had sleep difficulties once a week, every day or almost every day in the last 12 months were about 47% more likely to have alcohol-related interpersonal problems, 47% more likely to engage in binge drinking and 80% more likely to engage in regretted sexual activities.”

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— “Study: Teens Who Get Less Sleep More Vulnerable to Drinking Problems,” Sam Frizell, Time, January 17, 2015.

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