Of all the wonderful things alcohol does for us, one thing weâ€™ve never exactly given it credit for is helping our memory.
Ever had a night where youâ€™ve had just one or two too many? Exactly.
But according to a new study, drinking alcohol could actually improve your memory.
Published in the journal Scientific Reports, the small study of 88 people ages 18 to 53 found that those whoÂ drank afterÂ taking a word-learning test were better at recalling what they studied than those who didnâ€™t.
After being given the test, they were told to either drink as much as they liked (which was four units on average) or not drink at all.
The next day, they repeated the task, and those who hadÂ drunk the day before remembered more of what theyâ€™d learned the previous day.
The researchers emphasized that despite this positive effect, people should remember alcoholâ€™s negative effects too.
â€œOur 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,â€Â Celia Morgan, professor of psychopharmacology at the University of Exeter,Â told theÂ Telegraph.
â€œThe 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.
â€œThe theory is that the hippocampus â€” the brain area really important in memory â€” switches to â€˜consolidatingâ€™ memories, transferring from short-term into longer-term memory.â€
Will you remember all of that?