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New Study Links Poor Sleep with Later Youth Alcohol and Marijuana Use

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A new study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence examined the prospective association between the duration and quality of sleep at age 11 and alcohol and cannabis use throughout adolescence.   

Results indicated that less sleep was associated with earlier use, intoxication, and repeated use of both alcohol and cannabis. Lower sleep quality was associated with earlier alcohol use, intoxication, and repeated use. In addition, lower sleep quality was associated with earlier cannabis intoxication and repeated use. 

I agree with the authors’ conclusions that sleep quality and duration have implications for the prevention of alcohol and marijuana use among adolescents.  Prevention Plus Wellness provides the only substance use prevention programs that link sleep quantity and quality, along with promoting other health habits including physical activity, healthy eating and stress control, to alcohol and drug use avoidance.     

The evidence-based SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program for youth (http://preventionpluswellness.com/sport-prevention-plus-wellness/), and the InShape Prevention Plus Wellness program for college-aged young adults (http://preventionpluswellness.com/inshape-prevention-plus-wellness/) have been found to prevent alcohol and marijuana use among young people, while also increasing healthy behaviors and self-images.   

The future of substance abuse prevention lies in linking substance use prevention with health and fitness promotion leading to broader and larger effects on the overall health and well-being of youth and young adults in prevention and recovery.   

Read the new study abstract: http://www.drugandalcoholdependence.com/article/S0376-8716(16)30246-0/pdf

 

 


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