Thursday, May 19, 2011

Binge Drinking May Damage Memory

Discovery News, May 18, 2011

"After surveying a group of college-aged students at a Chilean university, the research team selected 122 to participate in the study. Nearly half reported binge drinking while the other half did not. Researchers made sure the students had similar grades, didn't use recreational drugs regularly and shared consistent intelligence scores.
During the experiment, students were tasked with learning a list of words. After going over the list five times, scientists asked the students to repeat the words they could remember, even if they weren't in the same order as the list. Participants were also given stories to memorize and shown photos of family members to describe later.
Researchers found that binge drinkers were less capable of recalling items from the list and performed worse at remembering the details of the story. There wasn't a difference in performance between groups when they were asked to provide details from photos of family members." Read More

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