Medical research shows that overindulgence in alcohol can permanently damage your ability to remember everyday life.
The more alcohol you consume, the more complete this memory loss may be. After a night of heavy consumption, you may not be able to recollect conversations or situations that you engaged in.
This sort of memory loss is a key sign of alcoholism.
Excessive drinking can leads to alcohol memory loss
You may feel like the life of the party after a few drinks, but you may be surprised to learn that having a few beers or glasses of wine several times a week can begin to interfere with your ability to remember.
A rare binge will probably not cause permanent memory problems, but habitually abusing alcohol can cause real damage.
In fact, short-term memory loss is one of the hallmarks of alcoholism. Alcohol destroys brain tissue and interferes with the process of absorbing information so that it never enters long-term memory.
Prolonged alcohol abuse causes permanent damage to the memory system.
Short-term memory loss is often the first indicator of alcohol-related neurological damage. This type of memory loss means a person has difficulty remembering new information, so the learning process takes longer.
Excessive drinking changes the underlying brain chemistry that controls ability and skills. People who habitually drink too much may also experience blackouts — periods of amnesia that occur when the amount of alcohol consumed prevents the formation of memories in the brain.
If untreated, chronic alcoholics may develop a confused state of thinking that can lead to severe amnesia and disorientation.
If you are serious about improving your memory you should examine your alcohol consumption patterns. And if you regularly have more than one or two drinks a day or occasionally consume several drinks in a sitting, you may want to cut back to protect your thinking cap.
If you experience difficulty moderating you’re drinking on your own, look into local programs for problem drinkers or contact a mental health professional who specializes in treating substance abuse problems.
If you are in need of assistance, you can find an AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) in your state.
Be aware that alcohol memory loss is on the rise in recent years, young and old alike. Remember the earlier you treat the alcohol addiction, the easier it will be to reverse the damage the alcohol has done to your memory.