Effects of Alcohol on Human Performance and Sleep.
Final comprehensive rept. Jun 74-Jun 75,
OKLAHOMA MEDICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION OKLAHOMA CITY
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This contract supported two investigations of the effects of alcohol on humans. The primary project was the investigation of the effects of alcohol on information processing and memory. The second project was the phase-out of our studies of the effects of acute and chronic alcohol ingestion on physiological sleep patterns. The studies of alcohol and memory were targeted on the possible effects of the drug on organizational processes, retrieval mechanisms, and encoding depth of processing. Overall the data suggested that organizational or associational processes in long-term storage were particularly vulnerable to alcohol intoxication. Studies of the effects of acute alcohol on sleep patterns of 47-63 year old normal males were conducted to allow comparison with age-matched alcoholics. Some enhancement of delta sleep was seen in each of the normals.