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Sleep-Deprived Teens More Likely To Abuse Alcohol

A new study from Idaho State University suggests sleep-deprived teenagers are more likely to abuse alcohol and develop risky habits later in life.

By Jill Ornitz | January 17, 2015

The more sleep-deprived a teenager is, the more likely they are to abuse alcohol. That's according to a new study out of Idaho State University. The study included students with insomnia as well as those simply not sleeping enough at night.

Underslept teens ages 14 to 16 were reported 47 percent more likely to binge drink than well-rested students. (Video via ABC)

And teens with known sleeping problems were more likely to drive drunk.

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Interviews with teenagers were conducted over the course of eight years. The leader of the study told NPR sleep, of course, isn't the only factor that can lead to alcohol abuse, but if teens are better rested, they can make better choices.

Teen sleep deprivation has become a major issue in the last few years, with more research showing the consequences that come from a lack of sleep.

A poll taken by the National Sleep Foundation in 2006 showed only one in five students got an optimal nine hours of sleep every night.

And, while driving, sleep deprivation can lead to the same level of impairment as drinking.

 Teens are naturally wired to fall asleep later, making earlier wake up times more difficult for most. (Video via Human Relations Media)

And in August, the American Association of Pediatrics said there was enough scientific evidence to support pushing back start times for middle and high school students.

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