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Excessive alcohol can affect memory and brain function

Friday, September 18th, 2009 Excessive alcohol can affect memory and brain function

The health effects of binge dinking are will reported and now a new study has revealed that the excessive consumption of alcohol can negatively impact on a person’s memory, brain function and sleep.

Many people believe that drinking alcohol helps them get to sleep more easily.

Of the 2,000 people surveyed by market research company YouGov, nearly 60 per cent did not realise that drinking above the recommended daily limits could have an impact on their sleep and brain function.

Forty-five per cent said that they felt tired the day after they had drank, but had not realised that alcohol can affect the quality of sleep.

Further research shows that alcohol disrupts Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, which is essential for the creation of memories.

Additionally, dehydration as a result of drinking can place stress upon the brain.

Chris Sorek, chief executive of Drinkaware, said: “Some people are wrongly under the illusion that a heavy night’s drinking will mean a good night’s sleep.

“People should be aware that alcohol affects quality of sleep – which can make the ‘morning after’ feeling even more unbearable because of tiredness.”

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