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Letters
August 25, 2004

Usual Alcohol Consumption and Arterial Oxygen Desaturation During Sleep

Author Affiliations
 

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(8):923-925. doi:10.1001/jama.292.8.923-b

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.

Methods

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.

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