Occasional drinking with friends, families, and colleagues steps up the fun to the next level. It’s, indeed, amusing to spend an event with a bottle of beer, vodka, brandy, or wine, isn’t it?
But did you know alcohol isn’t just an additive to boost entertainment and joy in parties? A study claimed that it also improves your memory!
An alcoholic drink packs a substantial amount of ethanol; a depressant we call alcohol in layman’s term. In small doses, ethanol may cause euphoria or the intense feeling of excitement and happiness.
However, the beverage has some serious adverse effects to a significant consumption. People who drink too much may experience stupor or the lack of active and critical mental function, intoxication, and unconsciousness.
Worse, long-term alcoholic drink exposure may lead to alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and physical dependence. But even if it could cause conditions that are detrimental to one’s health, alcohol is still useful in many ways.
Alcohol Promotes Better Memory Retention
For one, a recent report revealed that alcoholic drinks may facilitate memory retention. The conclusion is based on a research conducted by scientists from the University of Exeter.
In the study, the team of researchers gathered 88 social drinkers, 31 males and 57 females with ages 18 to 53. They were divided randomly into two groups and were given a memory test in the form of a word-learning task.
Then, the first group was advised to drink as much alcohol as they can and want to. The second group, on the other hand, cannot take in any alcoholic drink in the duration of the experiment.
Does Alcohol Affect One’s Mental Ability?
In order to determine how alcohol affects their cognitive function, both groups were tasked to take the same memory test on the next day. Surprisingly, the group who had consumed alcohol before and after answering the word-learning task did pretty well. They even outscored the group of participants who didn’t have any alcoholic drink during the study.
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