Effects of your Friday nights: The impact of alcohol on working memory

Christopher M. Malone, The College of Wooster


This study intends to investigate the relationship between alcohol and working memory in both the acute and chronic time frames. Participants were asked to fill out a revised AUDIT questionnaire and also complete a short alpha span task testing working memory. Results showed that acute or hangover effects were significant in affecting working memory but chronic effects were not. Sleep was also tested to see if it confounded working memory but it too was found to not be significant. Implications for future research are also noted.