Dr. Shannon Bailey Podcast by TheMixUAB published on 2013-09-16T20:31:34Z Dr. Bailey is a UAB expert in the study of the effect of circadian rhythms on human health. Life on earth reflects the planetary rhythms it evolved in: day and night, light and dark … which is the reason we sleep and wake up, and why we eat and then fast. Most living things are wired at the genetic level to sleep at night, and to wake up and eat during the day – and bucking those patterns looks to have consequences for a person’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, etc. In a new twist, Dr. Bailey just published a study that found chronic alcohol use may interfere with these genetic clocks in liver cells to accelerate liver damage. Can a martini throw off molecular clocks the way staying up all night does? Is having a glass of wine at one time of day better than another time?