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Drink To Remember

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Alcohol in moderate quantities challenges the brain, thus improving memory, reports Roger Highfield

A glass or two of wine can boost our ability to remember, says a new study. Scientists have found that moderate amounts of alcohol challenge the brain and it responds by improving the memory…..…CLICK & SEE

The findings rubbished the notion of drinking to forget, as they also show drinking enough to exceed the limit for driving means you are more likely to remember the embarrassment of a boisterous binge   from making an indecent proposal to dancing without your trousers on.

“Contrary to popular belief, we also found that excessive levels of alcohol enhanced memories of highly emotional stimuli,   said Prof. Matthew During of the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

“Our work suggests that heavy drinking actually reinforces negative memories.”

With Dr Maggie Kalev, he studied the effects on memory of moderate levels of alcohol consumption, equivalent to a glass or two of wine a day, and found they can enhance memory.

Moderate levels of alcohol challenge the brain and it responds by improving memory, said During.   It is like the best way to build strength in a muscle is to challenge the muscle. But you have to get it just right.

Kalev added that low levels of alcohol “promoted neutral memories, such as remembering objects”. The research has been published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

An earlier study by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, suggested that alcohol affects our memory for details more than our memory of a major event.

That suggested why, after recovering from a binge, one may not remember dancing on a table, or much about the place where the drinking occurred. However, you may still have a lingering feeling that a good (or bad) time was had.

Source: The Telegraph (Kolkata, India)

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