Consuming small amount of alcohol can help improve one’s ability to speak a foreign language, reveals a recent study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology in October 2017. It analyzed the possible effects of acute alcohol consumption on one’s learning ability of a verbal foreign language. For the study, the researchers observed 50 native German speakers, who had recently learned Dutch language.
The observer-ratings showed better verbal language performance in participants who consumed low dose of alcohol, specifically in pronunciation, than those who did not drink. On the contrary, the drinkers themselves did not report any alcohol-induced effect on their ability to learn Dutch language.
Dr Inge Kersbergen, one of the study’s authors from the University of Liverpool, said, “Our study shows that acute alcohol consumption may have beneficial effects on the pronunciation of a foreign language in people who recently learned that language. This provides some support for the lay belief (among bilingual speakers) that a low dose of alcohol can improve their ability to speak a second language.” However, Dr Fritz Renner, one of the researchers who took part in the study at Maastricht University, pointed out that higher levels of alcohol consumption might affect the right pronunciation of a foreign language.
Alcohol consumption and memory
A July 2017 study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, had explored the similar terrain. The research conducted by the University of Exeter highlighted that alcohol consumption improved memory for information acquired before the drinking episode began. However, the researchers warned that these limited positive effect should not mask the scientifically proven negative effects of heavy drinking on memory, and mental and physical health.
Professor Celia Morgan, author of the study, could not explain the exact cause of this effect. However, he hinted that alcohol restricted the acquisition of new information, which, in turn, allowed brain more resources to assimilate the recently learned information into long-term memory.
Moderate drinking can be dangerous too
Some studies have linked moderate drinking with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. The benefits also applied to those who have no known heart-related problem and those with increased risk of developing a heart attack or stroke. People living with type 2 diabetes or having existing cardiovascular disease were also known to enjoy the benefits of moderate drinking. The American Heart Association (AHA) also recommends moderate alcohol consumption (an average of one drink per day for women and one to two drinks per day for men) for better cardiovascular health.
However, recent studies have challenged the potential benefits of moderate drinking. According to a study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (JSAD), previous researches that support cardiovascular benefits of moderate drinking are poorly designed and biased, and displayed unreal positive benefits. The study suggested same risk of alcohol-related mortality for both occasional as well as the low- and medium-volume drinkers. The findings also ruled out any possible association between moderate drinking and longevity.
A 2015 study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), also raised concerns over the protective effects of alcohol. Researchers revealed that the widely reported protective effects of light drinking might be exaggerated because the hypothesis is based on studies that had used non-drinkers inappropriately. According to Emmanuel Stamatakis, an associate professor at the University of Sydney, studies recommending moderate consumption of alcohol in the name of cardiovascular benefits sent across a wrong message to people.
Getting over alcohol
While there might be some differences over the benefits of moderate drinking, researchers are unanimous over the harmful health effects of binge drinking or heavy consumption of alcohol. The good thing is alcohol addiction is treatable with timely medical intervention, which typically begins with a detox. It is followed by medication or behavioral therapy or a combination of both.
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