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Drinking Could Improve Your Short Term Memory

After a long night of drinking, most imbibers would admit that their memory can get a little fuzzy. But a new study from the University of Exeter suggests that a few drinks might actually strengthen your memory.

In the study, 88 participants were split into two groups and given a word-learning task to complete. One group was told to drink as much as they want, while the other was told not to drink at all.

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The next day participants were asked to perform the tasks again—and the drinkers performed much better than the non-drinkers. Researchers concluded 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.”

While researchers were quick to caution drinkers about taking this study too much to heart, at least we can justify that a few beers during trivia night is a good idea.

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