Alcohol’s Unexpected Effect on Memory and Learning

Alcohol’s Unexpected Effect on Memory and Learning:

Alcohol can actually help some areas of the brain learn and remember.

While it’s true that alcohol is generally bad for conscious memory, it can boost unconscious memory.

This may help explain why alcohol — and other drugs — can be so habit-forming.

Or to put it another way, previous ethanol experience enhances synaptic plasticity of NMDA receptors in the ventral tegmental area.

Read more at Jeremy Dean’s PsyBlog

Original study here


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