Turns out, we were right in college: drinking after studying helps!

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A study by the University of Exeter as reported on July 24, 2017 confirms what a lot of us have thought was true for years: booze after studying helps the brain recall learned information.

Here’s the relevant quote:

“Our research not only showed that those who drank alcohol did better when repeating the word-learning task, but that this effect was stronger among those who drank more,” said Professor Celia Morgan, of the University of Exeter.

“The causes of this effect are not fully understood, but the leading explanation is that alcohol blocks the learning of new information and therefore the brain has more resources available to lay down other recently learned information into long-term memory.

“The theory is that the hippocampus – the brain area really important in memory – switches to ‘consolidating’ memories, transferring from short into longer-term memory.”

So remember: it’s study THEN drink.  If you try it the other way around, you lose.

And now you know!

Cheers!