From the December 2010 magazine.

Alcoholism At Large

Alcoholics overrate their memory

Alcoholics overestimate their ability to remember things, according to a French study published in August 2010.

Researchers tested 28 patients diagnosed with alcoholism and 28 non-alcoholic controls. Participants memorized 20 pairs of items and then predicted how well they would remember them after 20 minutes. Researchers then compared their actual performance with their predictions. "[People with alcoholism] had a tendency to overestimate their memory capacities," said the study's lead author, Anne-Pascale Le Berre, a doctoral student at the Universite de Caen/Basse-Normandie in France.

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