Having A Couple Of Pints Is Actually Beneficial For Your Brain, According To Science
BY Laura Raphael | Jul 28, 2017 | Culture
Good news: a swift pint or two might actually be good for your brain.
Thanks to the noble creatures at the University of Exeter who got people pissed in the name of science, we now know that drinking can actually help you learn.
Hear us out on this one.
The university enlisted the help of 88 self-identified "social drinkers" to complete a word-learning task before heading to the pub.
They were given the option to drink as much as they liked (the average was 4 units) or not at all, baring in mind the next day all they had to do was repeat the task.
It turned out those who drank alcohol performed better and it wasn't just the presence of alcohol either, but the amount of it.
Those who drank more actually got even better results when it came to re-doing the task.
To anyone who has endured a particularly debilitating hangover at work, performing better and more efficiently is not something that necessarily rings true, so what exactly is going on here?
Well, at this point the causes aren't fully understood, however, there is a theory that alcohol blocks your brain from taking on any new information, meaning it has a bit of time on its hands to put that recently learned information into your long-term memory.
If all this is sounding too good to be true, it should be pointed out that it had a "limited positive effect". So no, going on a bender and then heading straight to work thinking you'll be a more efficient employee definitely isn't the case.
But the next time you've had a particularly strenuous day at work, maybe it's not such a bad idea to go have a nice cold pint and wait for everything to blow over.
From: Esquire UK