Working memory and problem drinking
The slow, deliberative mind is where we plan strategy, execute plans, and exercise self-control over our more impulsive, heuristic mind. But methodical thinking takes lots of energy, and it also takes practice–as I argue throughout On Second Thought. Here is some fascinating new research suggesting that if we hone our executive skills–specifically one called working memory–this may lead to the kind of self-discipline needed to moderate problem drinking. The findings are preliminary, but intriguing.
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