Can Alcohol Help the Brain Remember? Science Now Says So!

Homer's BeerVia ScienceDaily:

The common view that drinking is bad for learning and memory isn’t wrong, says neurobiologist Hitoshi Morikawa, but it highlights only one side of what ethanol consumption does to the brain.

“Usually, when we talk about learning and memory, we’re talking about conscious memory,” says Morikawa, whose results were published last month in The Journal of Neuroscience. “Alcohol diminishes our ability to hold on to pieces of information like your colleague’s name, or the definition of a word, or where you parked your car this morning. But our subconscious is learning and remembering too, and alcohol may actually increase our capacity to learn, or ‘conditionability,’ at that level.”

Morikawa’s study, which found that repeated ethanol exposure enhances synaptic plasticity in a key area in the brain, is further evidence toward an emerging consensus in the neuroscience community that drug and alcohol addiction is fundamentally a learning and memory disorder.

When we drink alcohol (or shoot up heroin, or snort cocaine, or take methamphetamines), our subconscious is learning to consume more. But it doesn’t stop there. We become more receptive to forming subsconscious memories and habits with respect to food, music, even people and social situations.

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  • Osmic1120

    This is true.
    I personally have tried cocaine and it does make you more aware of your surroundings

    • ArgosyJones

      But not how to read the article.

  • Osmic1120

    This is true.
    I personally have tried cocaine and it does make you more aware of your surroundings

  • ArgosyJones

    But not how to read the article.

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    This is really misleading. If we’re storing information subconsciously, it means we don’t have conscious access to it. That’s not learning. That’s maybe mind control or brainwashing. Overall a crummy article from ScienceDaily and inadequate (I mean nonexistent) explanation here.

    • Юрий Педерастаков

      Well, is making totally sense to me. Is not so much retention mekanism az mutch as facilitating the process of retention management; vodka is makes you more confident of your judgement of what memories to retain and what memories to delete. There is only so much bankwidth to work with.

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    This is really misleading. If we’re storing information subconsciously, it means we don’t have conscious access to it. That’s not learning. That’s maybe mind control or brainwashing. Overall a crummy article from ScienceDaily and inadequate (I mean nonexistent) explanation here.

  • Юрий Педерастаков

    Well, is making totally sense to me. Is not so much retention mekanism az mutch as facilitating the process of retention management; vodka is makes you more confident of your judgement of what memories to retain and what memories to delete. There is only so much bankwidth to work with.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4K3KM67XITZTXUE45K42KS4OEE brian

    Yes very misleading….Basically the article is saying that drinking makes you more open to being conditioned. In other words it’s suggesting you become more ‘Sheeple’ like. Thats not really a good thing. Now whether this is only true with conditioning one to drink alcohol or conditioning in general is not completely delved into by the article.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4K3KM67XITZTXUE45K42KS4OEE brian

    Yes very misleading….Basically the article is saying that drinking makes you more open to being conditioned. In other words it’s suggesting you become more ‘Sheeple’ like. Thats not really a good thing. Now whether this is only true with conditioning one to drink alcohol or conditioning in general is not completely delved into by the article.

  • medical414

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  • Anonymous

    There are thousands of A.A type groups that aim to help an alcoholic get
    and stay sober. But for many, if not most, the addiction to alcohol is a
    signal of other problems.
    Alcohol Addiction

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