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How Alcohol Affects Memory

Learn how alcohol affects memory in this Howcast video about memory techniques featuring memory expert Barry Reitman.


My name's Barry Reitman. I'm the author of "Secret Tips and Tricks of a Powerful Memory," and the question is raised about the association between drinking alcohol and your memory. Let me give you the answer. Don't do it. If you have something you need to remember, from my personal experience, I know that it has a very severe negative impact. Let me go a step further, take it to the extreme.

The late, great chess player, probably the best chess player of all time, Bobby Fischer would not drink alcohol at all. I personally heard an interview where he said he wouldn't take an aspirin for several days before a tournament. Aspirin thins your blood, perhaps less oxygen to the brain. Bottom line is this, I'm not a teetotaler. If you want a drink, have a drink. But if you have something important to remember, stay away until after you've taken care of that matter.

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