I’m willing to bet that tonight we’ll also have the highest rate of apneas during sleep due to alcohol ingestion just before bedtime. Alcohol relaxes your throat muscles, which can aggravate, if not cause obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a major source of stress on the heart. We also know that the days after Christmas and New Years Eve have the highest rates of heart attacks.
If you’re inebriated , you won’t have the normal reflexes to wake up and turn over every time you stop breathing. You’ll also have lots of reflux due to vacuum forces suctioning up your stomach juices into your throat. This will cause a lot of sore/dry throats and even much higher rates of pneumonia, asthma, sinusitis and ear infections.
Unfortunately, this is a sad observation and commentary, but likely to be true.