The Body’s Biological Clock: Alcohol May Lead to Physiological Anarchy


“This review shows that alcohol exposure can alter biological rhythmicity and, as a result, have deleterious consequences on a number of important physiological systems,” noted Robert J. Handa, professor of neuroscience at Colorado State University. “The fact that alcohol intake may influence the molecular underpinnings of circadian rhythmicity is an emerging concept with potentially important biomedical ramifications. Although a majority of these studies have been performed in rodent models … observations of humans correlate with the animal studies and imply that similar types of pathology are associated with alcohol intake.”