Everyone knows that if you get really, really drunk, you won’t remember what you did the night before.
So on that basis, the suggestion that alcohol might make your memory better would sound counter intuitive.
The project involved getting 88 people to do a word-learning task. The group of 88 was split in two, with one group of 44 people being told to drink as much alcohol as they wanted after learning the words. The average was a pretty abstinent four units.
The other half of the group didn’t drink any alcohol after learning at all. The next day, everyone came back together and did the same task again.
Magically, the group who’d been drinking actually performed better than the group who hadn’t.
So we should all be heading to the supermarket to buy a bottle of Pinot right now, right? Alcohol is the key! It will make us cleverer and better!