New Study: Alcohol Can Actually Improve Memory
Why weren't these kind of studies being done while I was in college? Researchers at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom have found that alcohol can actually improve a drinkers memory.
People who drank after studying were better at recalling the information they'd taken in than those who had not drank anything.
88 social drinkers were split into two groups and given a word-learning task. Both groups were told to drink as much as they liked or none at all.
They repeated their task the next day and the drinkers remembered more of what was learned.
The researchers stress that the limited positive effect needs to be considered with the negative effects of excessive alcohol.
“The causes of this effect are not fully understood," Professor Celia Morgan said. "But the leading explanation is that alcohol blocks the learning of new information and therefore the brain has more resources available to lay down other recently learned information into long-term memory."
Read more at Express.