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A new study shows that men who consume above-average amounts of alcohol are more prone to have sleep-related breathing disorders. The study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, focused on 775 men and 645 women who were evaluated for alcohol consumption and a sleep-related breathing disorders. The research revealed that men who consumed more alcohol had 25 percent greater odds of a mild or worse breathing disorder.
For women, minimal or moderate alcohol consumption did not significantly increase the risk of a breathing disorder. According to Paul E. Peppard, PhD, who authored the study, this may be because of the limited range of alcohol consumption reported by the women studied. It may also be because of women's possible resistance to threats of sleep-related breathing instability. (The Advocate)