Washington: Frequent binge drinking is associated with insomnia symptoms in older adults, a first-of-its-kind study has found. US researchers found that participants who binged on an average of more than two days a week had an 84 per cent greater odds of reporting an insomnia symptom compared to non-binge drinkers. The results were adjusted for demographic variables, medical conditions, and elevated depressive symptoms. Overall 26.2 per cent of participants had two or less binge drinking days per week, on average, and 3.1 per cent had more than two days per week, on average. "It was somewhat surprising that frequent binge drinking (more than 2 binge drinking days per week, on average), but not occasional binge drinking (more than zero, but less than 2 binge drinking days per week, on average) had a significant association with self-reported insomnia symptoms," said lead author Sarah Canham, postdoctoral fellow in Drug Dependence Epidemiology, John Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Mental Health in Baltimore.
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