New Study Says Drinking Alcohol Can Actually Improve Your Memory

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So that‘s why I can still name all 50 states and capitals. Thanks, Pabst.

According to the Daily Mail, a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Exeter suggests drinking alcohol improves your memory for information learned before you get shithoused, and it could be because “alcohol may block the learning of new information, giving the brain more resources to lay down recently learned information into long-term memory.”


That means while you might not be able to remember the names of the two girls in your bed on a Sunday morning, you’ll still be able to remember that it’s July 30, which is your mom’s birthday, so it’s time to put them in a taxi and get ready for the family brunch at Applebee’s.

Researchers were able to come to that determination after wrangling up a few people who classified themselves as “social drinkers.” They were then split into two groups. One group was told to drink anything they wanted while the other group was unfortunately told to stay sober, but that was after they were then “given a task in which they had to learn words.”


Well, the drinkers were victorious the next day when it came time to remember what they had learned the day before.

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


If researchers are correct in their thinking, that means Lindsay Lohan potentially hasn’t remembered anything that has happened since the Bush administration.

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