So, the weekend is here and you’re ready to turn up. The drinks are pouring in and you’re having a really good time. You finally wake up the next morning and the clothes you had worn for the evening are all over the room. You have no idea how you even got home, or what happened after a certain point during the night. Sound familiar?
What you have experienced is a BLACKOUT, also known as (alcohol-related amnesia).
Blackouts can generally be divided into two categories, “en bloc” blackouts, and “fragmentary” blackouts. En bloc blackouts are classified by the inability to later recall any memories from the intoxicated period, even when prompted. Fragmentary blackouts are characterized by the ability to recall certain events from an intoxicated period, yet be unaware that other memories are missing until reminded of the existence of these ‘gaps’ in memory. Research indicates that fragmentary blackouts are far more common than en bloc blackouts.
There are so many stories where people consuming too much alcohol have done things out of the ordinary, and many things they can’t recall. You may even have a few stories to tell of your own. I’ve learned over the years to know my limits. Having a good time is one thing, but sloppy drunk and incoherent is not cute.