“Have you ever awoken after a night of drinking not able to remember things that you did or places that you went?” If you have, then you may have experienced what is known as, “a blackout”. A blackout is when you don’t recall everything or some of what happened while you were drunk. A blackout is different than passing out, since you still appear to be functioning while experiencing a blackout.
A study from the NIH found that 9.4% of the college students surveyed had blacked out within 2 weeks of being asked the above question. Of those that had blacked out, the students reported learning of a wide range of activities they had engaged in, which included vandalism, unprotected sex, and spending money.
Experiencing a blackout has serious risks, including engaging in dangerous behaviors, disrupted brain function, and impairments of the body and its functions. To avoid a blackout, try some of the following:
- Pace yourself; it isn’t a race. Try the recommended one drink per hour, and no more than 3-4 drinks in a 24 hour period.
- Hungry, why wait? Have a solid meal before you go out to a party or the bar. Try to eat foods high in carbohydrates and proteins to help coat your stomach.
- Stop@buzzed – Stay in the Blue Zone.