It’s the classic scene seen on TV and in the movies – some poor guy traumatized by love lost, or failure, folly, mistake or something he’s just witnessed and he’s drinking hard to forget.  (Maybe the beer or wine even came from the Yakima Valley!)  BUT—how accurate is it? Do we drink to forget?

A new study shows that there are times when drinking alcohol may actually have beneficial effects on memory.

The findings were published in the journal Psychopharmacology and shows for example, that if someone drinks alcohol after witnessing a crime it can protect memory from developing misleading information. The alcohol seems to lock in clarity or prevents false memories from developing.

In the study, participants that didn’t drink were more likely to recall false information.  Maybe Hollywood should write THAT storyline into their next script!  (Daily Mail)

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