Do you drink to kill the pain, to dull the knife’s edge of memory, to erase “the heartache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to”? Well, guess what, some researcher types think that boozing it up may in fact improve memory.
According to (University of Auckland researcher Maggie) Kalev, it is hard to relate the alcohol the rats consumed to human quantities, but “based on their blood alcohol levels, the 2.5 percent ethanol diet was equivalent to a level of consumption that does not exceed [the] legal driving limit. This may be approximately one to two drinks per day for some people or two to three for others, depending upon their size, metabolism or genetic background…”
Among the normal rats, the animals that consumed moderate amounts of alcohol fared better on both tests compared with the teetotalers. Rats on a heavy alcohol diet did not do well on object recognition (and, in fact, showed signs of neurotoxicity), but they performed better than their normal brethren on the emotional memory task.
“People often drink to ‘drown sorrows,'” Kalev says. “Our results suggest that this could actually paradoxically promote traumatic memories and lead to further drinking, contributing to the development of alcoholism.”
Oh noes!! You’ve been doing it wrong!