Time to restock your bar cart!聽According to a new study from the University of Exeter, social drinkers聽are better at remembering learned information than their non-drinking counterparts. So pop some Champagne in the name of science! That end-of-day glass of wine or five o鈥檆lock聽cocktail聽can be聽more beneficial than you thought.

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The study sought to determine whether the proven聽memory-boosting effects of alcohol found in a laboratory could be applied to a naturalistic setting 鈥 meaning, can聽we try this at home? The answer: a resounding Y-E-S!

Researchers assigned 88 social drinkers an at-home learning task and divided them聽into two groups: one that could drink as much alcohol as they wanted and one that was to remain completely sober.聽They聽quizzed each participant鈥檚聽memory the night of and the morning after learning. While both groups had a similar performance on the tests the night of the learning, the next morning, the memories of the聽imbibing group members were聽better than those of the group that abstained.

We鈥檙e all aware of the memory loss associated with information and events聽while you鈥檙e drinking (hence thoughts such as, 鈥淲hat happened last night?鈥 when you鈥檙e scrolling through your camera roll the next morning), but alcohol has been shown to help you remember things you learned before drinking. The researchers weren鈥檛 100 percent certain as to why this was the case, but they think it鈥檚 because while under the influence of alcohol,聽newly learned information is blocked. So the mental space that would have been used for processing the current antics of a night out, for better or worse, is freed up to store and convert previously learned information into long-term memory. Seems like your brain聽on alcohol may have better judgment than you.

And with that, we鈥檙e off to happy hour!

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