Monday, January 10, 2005

Interesting, but drinking's more fun...

According to The Promise of Sleep, pages 231-232:

The comparison between sleep deprivation and alcohol intoxication is striking in this regard. Researchers in Australia have found that there is more than just a surface similarity between the two. The Australian investigators split 40 volunteers into two groups. One group was kept awake for 28 hours, from 8:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. the next day. The other group was given 10 to 15 grams of alcohol every 30 minutes starting at 8:00 A.M., until each volunteer’s blood alcohol level reached 0.1 percent, which is more than legally drunk in most locales. During these periods, both groups were given hand-eye coordination tests. The Australian researchers found that after 17 hours awake (at 1:00 A.M., when biological alerting is declining), the sleep-deprived group had the same test scores as drinking volunteers who had blood-alcohol levels of 0.05 percent. After 24 hours awake, the sleep-deprived group had the same coordination deficits as those with the maximum blood-alcohol level, 0.1 percent.

2 comments:

BBLogan said...

Wow.

No wonder I don't drink very much. I'm already sleep deprived drunk most of the time!

It explains a lot, doesn't it now?
BB

Linda said...

Yeah - and it must be why I wake up as soon as I sober up; I'm trying to cop a buzz! ;)