Can Alcohol Boost Memory? Study Finds Booze Increases Retention Power

Are you finding it difficult to retain information? If you feel that you suffer from poor levels of retention power or a bad memory then you could resort to a simple solution — just grab a drink after you have learned or studied something new.

A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports on Monday claimed that alcohol can boost your memory and ability to retain information.

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A group of scientists from the University of Exeter in the U.K. conducted a study to examine how alcohol consumption can affect the brain and its abilities. In the study, they took 88 social drinkers and split them into two groups. They were asked to drink as much as they wished to or none at all. Those that chose to drink, consumed an average of about four units. They were all then given a word-learning task.

After analyzing and examining the data, the researchers came to the conclusion that those who drank alcohol could remember more of what they had learned in the task as compared to the ones who did not drink. The following day they were again asked to do the same task and they performed in a similar manner — those who drank remembered more.

“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,” Celia Morgan, the study researcher said, according to the Telegraph.

“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,” she continued.

“The theory is that the hippocampus – the brain area really important in memory – switches to ‘consolidating’ memories, transferring from short into longer-term memory,” Morgan noted.

The results determined by the researchers have been shown earlier under…

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