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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.


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.