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Sleep Adequacy, Impulsivity, and Alcohol Use

Researchers tested 568 college students going through alcohol treatment after having violated campus alcohol policy to examine whether sleep disturbances contribute to alcohol use in conjunction with impulsive personality traits. Using the UPPS Impulsive Behavior Scale and perception of sleep adequacy it was revealed that sleep was not a significant correlate to those with high impulsivity and greater alcohol involvement. It was also found that those who anticipate consequences of their behaviors and receive adequate sleep are more likely to be protected against heavy drinking. Replication of results and further studies will help to inform alcohol prevention efforts.

The study “Impulsive personality traits and alcohol use: Does sleeping help with thinking?” is published in the Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism supported this research effort.

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