A good rea­son to raise a glass

First For Women - - Health -

Drink­ing al­co­hol can im­prove mem­ory, re­port re­searchers in the jour­nal Sci­en­tific Re­ports. In their study, 88 adults were asked to learn new words, then told to ei­ther drink as many al­co­holic bev­er­ages as they wanted or not drink at all. When they re­peated the same task 24 hours later, those who had drunk the al­co­hol the day be­fore per­formed 27 per­cent bet­ter on a test of their mem­ory of the new words; tee­to­talers’ scores fell by 10 per­cent. The study au­thors the­o­rize that al­co­hol helps the hip­pocam­pus—the area of the brain linked to mem­ory—so­lid­ify re­cently learned in­for­ma­tion into long-term mem­ory.

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