Many of us have woken up of a morning with a fuzzy head and a slim recollection of the night before. So, it may in fact surprise you that drinking alcohol can improve your memory.
According to a study that’s been carried out by the University of Exeter, people who drink alcohol after studying information have an overall better chance of remembering what they’ve learnt.
Over the course of the study, researched asked 88 people to complete a work-learning task where the participants had to drink as much as much as they wanted afterwards.
The study was split into two groups. The other group were told not to drink at all.
The day after, when participants repeated the task, those that had drunk alcohol the night before were able to perform a lot better, and remembered significantly more of what they had learnt.
However, the researchers needed to stress that this is just a small positive effect of consuming alcohol. They’ve said that we should always consider the harmful consequences associated with alcohol, which includes mental and physical health.
Albeit small, the study appears to suggest that drinking alcohol can do a lot of good to your memory, guaranteed to aid you in certain situations.
“Our research not only showed that those who drank alcohol did better when repeating the word-learning task, but that this effect was stronger among those who drank more,” said Professor Celia Morgan of the University of Exeter.
“The causes of this effect are not fully understood, 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.
“The theory is that the hippocampus - the brain area really important in memory - switches to ‘consolidating’ memories, transferring from short into longer-term memory.”
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