More Bingeing & Drunk Driving
Teenagers who don’t get sufficient sleep aren't just more likely to have poorer health and grades, but are also significantly more inclined to abuse alcohol both currently and in future years. An Idaho State University study of 6,500 adolescents over five years found that teens aged 14 through 16 who had difficulty falling or staying asleep were 47 percent more likely to be binge drinkers than untroubled sleepers, 14 precent more likely to drive when drunk, and 11 percent more likely to experience alcohol-related personal problems within a year. In contrast, each additional hour of sleep correlated with a 10 percent reduction in individual binge drinking. Particularly disturbing, some 45 percent of U.S. teens now fail to get the recommended eight to ten hours of nightly sleep.