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Drinking improves long-term memory

‘The Persistence of Memory’ by Salvador Dali

Many of us have significant gaps in our memories from letting the wine flow forth a little too little too freely, but a little booze can actually help your long-term memory.

In July, researchers from the University of Exeter set 88 people a word learning task, and then let some of them drink as much as they liked while the others went without. The next day they were asked how many of the words they remembered and the drinkers performed significantly better, with those that drunk more remembering the most.

Professor Celia Morgan professor of Psychopharmacology at Exeter, said: “The causes of this effect are not fully understood, but the likely 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”.

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