It may come as good news to college students as research finds that information assimilated before a drinking session is retained way better by drinkers than those who don’t drink.
Alcohol may not improve memory but helps in retention
The experiment which took place at the University of Exeter was geared towards finding the effects of drinking after reading on the human ability to retain information. The study examined 88 social drinkers. At the start of the experiment, these drinkers were made to perform a word-learning task before they were separated into those who drank alcohol and those who didn’t.
The test was carried out the next day, and the same word-learning task was performed. The result was evident that those who drank more after the learning sessions were able to remember what they had learned more than their counterparts who participated in the learning tasks but didn’t drink afterward.
The scientists never proved that alcohol improves memory. In fact, it seems to be the opposite because alcohol may make it hard for you to learn and retain new information as the memory hones its focus on keeping the information it had learned earlier.
Professor Celia Morgan of the University of Exeter said that the theory is that the part of the brain situated in the temporal lobe and is necessary for memory changes to combine memories, moving from short term to long term memory.
On the face of it, Morgan and her research team do not encourage excessive drinking. Alcohol can be very effective on the memory and the mental health at large. It can cause blackouts and memory loss including short and long term.