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Some Drink To Remember. Some Drink To Forget. But Do They?

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DRINKING HELPS MEMORY?

Drinking to forget? Unfortunately alcohol can actually help you remember them. A new study from the Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research at The University of Texas at Austin says that getting drunk primes certain areas of our brain to learn and remember things more clearly. Going to the bar, chatting with friends, eating certain foods and listening to certain kinds of music while drinking alcohol are rewarding and the brain learns this and holds on to the feeling, craving to experience it again. Neurobiologist Hitoshi Morikawa told Science Daily, ‘Alcohol diminishes our ability to hold on to pieces of information like your colleague’s name, or the definition of a word, or where you parked your car this morning. But our subconscious is learning and remembering too, and alcohol may actually increase our capacity to learn, or “conditionability”, at that level.’ (Daily Mail)

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