If you always thought that alcohol turned you into a stumbling, bumbling fool, you’re only half right.
The stumbling part is still pretty accurate. But the bumbling part, according to a new study, may not be. Researchers in Scotland had participants of the study watch a simulated crime video then either gave them beer, told them they were giving them beer and gave them non-alcoholic brew instead, or told them they weren’t giving them any beer at all and didn’t.
They were all then fed information that didn’t line up with the video they were shown earlier, and those that were given beer were better than the groups that were not at separating the true information from the false. Simply put, researchers concluded that alcohol may play a role in blocking the construction of new memories while at the same time preserving those memories that already exist, thus leaving them less susceptible to a distortion of facts.
And to the college kids out there, you probably shouldn’t take that to mean it’s a good idea to drink before your next test. Unless it’s multiple choice!