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Millenials, young people between the ages of 18 and 34, are the most stressed out generation America has seen in a long time.  A new survey indicates a very scary reality: more than half of Millenials report that stress is such a significant part of their lives that it keeps them up at night.  Does this spell disaster as American turns into a nation of sleep-deprived drivers?

A Nation of Stressed-Out Young People

Stress alone is bad news for a generation of young Americans who have come into their adulthood as the country spiraled into the largest economic recession in decades.  Stress is a primary factor in many debilitating and life-threatening medical conditions including obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and depression.

As news headlines and jobless numbers continue to bear down on all Americans regardless of their age, more than three-quarters of Millenials cite employment issues as a major cause for stress, compared to lower numbers for Generation X (aged 35 to 47), Baby Boomers, and older Americans.  Part of the problem, researchers suggest, lies in the younger generation’s coping skills.  Too often, Millenials are turning to self-medicating activities to distress, including drinking alcohol.

All That Stress Means More Alcohol Use

Is stress driving Millenials to drink excessively?  How does that combine with sleepless nights?  Alcohol is already a factor in one-quarter of all traffic related deaths for young people between the ages of 15 and 20 years old.  Additionally, the age group statistically most likely to drive after using drugs or alcohol are those between 15 and 34 years of age, also known as the Millenial Generation.

The Numbers Are Already Bad, and Getting Worse

Given the already high likelihood of young people to experiment with alcohol (one study reveals that as many as 80 percent of all high school students drink or have tried alcohol) and the increasing amount of stress these young people face, are we staring into the face of a perfect storm of drinking and driving, sleep deprived American drivers?

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.