A few drinks can actually strengthen your memory

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Saturday Cocktails


Researchers gave 88 participants a word-learning task to complete and then split them into two groups.

One group was told to drink as much as they want, while the other was told not to drink at all.

The following day, all the participants performed the same task again. Surprisingly, the drinkers remembered more of what they learned.

  • Researchers think that the reason for this has to do with alcohol blocking the learning of new information.
  • They believe alcohol makes it easier for your brain to transfer recently learned information into long-term memories.

The researchers did stress that the study by no means encourages binge drinking, and that the exact causes are not fully understood.

Researchers gave 88 participants a word-learning task to complete and then split them into two groups.

One group was told to drink as much as they want, while the other was told not to drink at all.

The following day, all the participants performed the same task again. Surprisingly, the drinkers remembered more of what they learned.

  • Researchers think that the reason for this has to do with alcohol blocking the learning of new information.
  • They believe alcohol makes it easier for your brain to transfer recently learned information into long-term memories.

The researchers did stress that the study by no means encourages binge drinking, and that the exact causes are not fully understood.

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