Alcohol Drinking Patterns and Sleep Duration

SSS research scientist Rui Liu is among the authors of an article in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health that describes an examination of the relationship between alcohol-drinking patterns and sleep duration and quality by race and sex. In the United States, racial minorities generally experience poorer cardiovascular health compared to whites, and differences in alcohol consumption and sleep could contribute to these disparities. Based on data from the National Health Interview Survey for 2004–2015, blacks were less likely than whites to report recommended sleep of between 7 and fewer than 9 hours per day across all categories of alcohol consumption. Black men and women who were infrequent heavy drinkers were more likely to get fewer than 7 hours of sleep compared to their white counterparts. Black-male, compared to white-male infrequent heavy drinkers were also more likely to get 9 or more hours of sleep. Differences among other categories of drinkers were observed as well. Authors of the article include researchers from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School.

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