In a newly released study, 88 men and women were selected to participate in, well, <i>alcohol research</i>.
In the process of the research several academics actually concluded that those who.drank alcohol before studying were better at remembering later what it is they were researching.
Out of the 88 participants they were split into two groups. The first group was told to drink as much alcohol as they like, while the second drank nothing at all, and they were given tasks to do and notes to memorize how to perform them.
The next day, the entire group was sober, and the scientists monitoring them found that those who consumed alcohol, an average of.four servings, outperformed those who did not drink greatly in remembering how to perform the specified tasks.
The University of Exeter researched however stressed that this limited positive effect should be considered alongside the well-established negative effects of excessive alcohol intake on one's memory as as well as both mental and physical health.
<strong>Professor Celia Morgan said in her formal assessment on study:</strong>
<i>“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.”</i>
<i>“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.”</i>
<i>“The theory is that the hippocampus - the brain area really important in memory - switches to 'consolidating' memories transferring from short into longer-term memory.”</i>
The study's participants included a total of 31 men and 57 women, all of which were between the ages of 18 to 53.