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.
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.