Alcohol and Sleep

Alcohol Alert # 41

About the Course:

This Alcohol Alert explores the effects of alcohol consumption on sleep patterns, the potential health consequences of alcohol consumption combined with disturbed sleep, and the risk for relapse in those with alcoholism who fail to recover normal sleep patterns.


National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Publication Date:

July 1998


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about alcohol and sleep disturbance. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain sleep structure, onset, and arousal.

  2. Describe alcohol and breathing disorders.

  3. Identify the effects of alcohol on sleep in those with alcoholism.

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