The lack of robust evidence for the effects of alcohol on false memory

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  • Florida International University


We comment on Kloft et al.'s (2021) review of the effects of alcohol and other drugs on false memory reporting. Across studies, problems of internal and external validity and methodological consistency preclude any blanket conclusions and recommendations regarding alcohol's effects on false memory reporting and suggestibility in witnesses. We argue that any policy and practice conclusions drawn from this limited literature are premature and would be unfairly prejudicial to witnesses and confusing to triers of fact at this time.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-333
Number of pages2
JournalNeuroscience and biobehavioral reviews
Early online date4 May 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 May 2021


  • Intoxication, Alcohol, Drugs, Witness, Victim, Suspect, False memory, Suggestibility