I have a hard time believing this is true, but according to a new study that is out as reported by the Daily Mail drinking four drinks in one session could permanently alter your sleep genes. From the article:
For the study, the scientists exposed mice to levels of binge drinking seen in humans, using 200 proof ethyl alcohol, diluted to 20 percent in tap water.
In the following four hours, the mice experienced a significant increase in non-rapid eye movement sleep, or a dreamless sleep.
However, during periods when the lab rodents should have been asleep, they were awake.
The animals showed neither an increase in adenosine, a chemical that promotes sleep, nor the urge to sleep.
The team discovered that binge drinking reduced the expression of the gene that controls sleep, known as ENT1.
Gene expression is the process by which the information contained within a gene becomes a useful product, meaning that the gene that controls sleep had become less effective following alcohol consumption.
‘What we have shown is a particular gene – which is very important for sleep regulation – is altered by just one session of binge drinking.’
He said: ‘We were not expecting this. We thought it would be affected after multiple sessions of binge drinking, not one.
‘That tells you that as soon as you consume four drinks, it can alter your genes.’
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, binge drinking is a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 grams percent or above.
Regardless if it’s true for one binge session or not, really anything over 3 drinks in a session is probably not ideal to do on a regular basis, if ever. My quality sleep suffers with anything over 3. As men of the West we have to take care of ourselves. Exercise, diet, and quality sleep are three non-negotiable items if we’re to defend and preserve the West.