Regular lack of sleep harm the body as much as alcoholism. About it tell results of the work done by specialists from Oxford University. They cite these studies as proof of his theory.
Lack of sleep, the research showed, leads to reduction of brain size because of lower percentage of fluid in the body. The same effect is observed the morning after a rough night at the bar. The only difference between lack of sleep and alcoholism is this: lack of sleep damages the liver, and only affects the psyche and the cardiovascular system.
Scientists compare the man who has not slept more than 17 hours, with alcohol level of 0.05% alcohol in the blood. If you do not sleep 24 hours, the condition is equivalent to the intoxication of 0.1% when behind the wheel to not sit down.