Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Although acute alcohol ingestion
is known to aggravate the severity of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), no
population-based epidemiologic study has been conducted to examine the effect
of usual alcohol consumption.1 We investigated
the association between usual alcohol consumption and nocturnal oxygen desaturation.
Participants were recruited for a sleep study as a population-based
sample from the 2000 to 2002 annual cardiovascular risk surveys of men in
3 Japanese communities. Participants were required to be 40 to 69 years old.
Of the 1741 men eligible, 1517 (87%) agreed to participate.
Tanigawa T, Tachibana N, Yamagishi K, Muraki I, Umesawa M, Shimamoto T, Iso H. Usual Alcohol Consumption and Arterial Oxygen Desaturation During Sleep. JAMA. 2004;292(8):923-925. doi:10.1001/jama.292.8.923-b