What are Some Signs of Alcohol Blackouts?

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Alcoholism is a serious condition, and it can affect anyone during any time of their lives. When someone drinks too much, it can devastate their lives and affect family members and friends. They can lose employment, and their health can begin to deteriorate. There are several signs of alcoholism that you can use to determine if you or someone else has a problem.

One of the most serious symptoms of alcoholism is called a blackout. When someone has a blackout from drinking alcohol, they put themselves in a vulnerable position. Their defenses are lowered, and they are unaware of the consequences of their actions. Some of the signs of a blackout are engaging in risky sexual behavior, losing the ability to drive and making poor decisions.

When you drink too much in a brief period, the chances of having a blackout increases. The more you consume alcohol in one sitting makes you more prone to drinking to excess and harming yourself. In some cases, people can harm some else as well. It is recommended to eat a full meal before you drink and remain hydrated when you are drinking alcohol.

During a blackout, your brain loses its ability to make decisions and maintain memories. This can be a dangerous situation because you are still able to walk and talk, but your mind is not coherent. Blackouts inhibit your brain’s ability to remember your behavior when you are out drinking heavily.  Sometimes people can recall events but only if someone reminds them.

The night after a blackout can be embarrassing when you have acted out and learned about your conduct. If you behaved poorly, you can feel humiliated the next day. This may cause you to have anxiety and become worried about your drinking. When you are unable to remember what you do when you are drinking, it can be distressing. You need to realize that you are putting yourself at risk and in an unsafe situation.

Some people wake up from blackouts in bed with a stranger partner. This can cause you concern about catching a venereal disease which in some cases can be life-threatening. In a blackout, the irresponsible sexual activity can lead to unwanted pregnancy and diseases such as HIV, Herpes, Chlamydia and many others. You put yourself at risk for being raped and partaking in life-threatening situations.

Drinking heavily and blacking out can make you susceptible to becoming involved in vandalism and getting into verbal and physical altercations. There is a considerable risk of you hurting yourself physically or injuring other people. Under the influence of alcohol, people are much more likely to commit suicide.

Since alcohol directly affects the brain, scientists have conducted studies and found that some people are more likely to black out than others. Women are more prone to blacking out than men and have a lower tolerance to alcohol. A man can drink more than a woman because of differences in metabolism, body size and weight.

Are Blackout Drinkers Alcoholics?

If you are drinking alcohol and blacking out, you may have a problem and need help. One of the signs of alcoholism does include blacking out on a regular basis and forgetting what happened when you are drinking. There are other signs of alcoholism such as lying about how much you drink and hiding it from others. Having the compulsion to drink and not being able to stop once you started is another sign. You may want to take the following signs into consideration if you are blacking out when drinking:

•Drinking alone and are unable to control the amount you drink

•Having alcohol cravings and feeling compelled to drink and getting angry when you are unable to drink

•Making drinking more important than work, family and friends responsibilities

•Drinking the first thing in the morning and losing interest in hobbies and activities

What is an alcoholic blackout?

When you drink yourself into a blackout, your brain is unable to create memories. This happens because the alcohol causes your hippocampus to stop receiving signals from neurons. The alcohol interferes with your brain activity and can create steroids that stop the brain from functioning normally. A blackout can cause people to make decisions that can be careless and put themselves and others in danger. The following is a list of consequences and what can happen due to a blackout:

•Participating in risky sexual behavior while drinking and waking up with strangers

•Getting into fights and arguments with people when drunk and acting out

•Drink to excess and waking up with injuries on your body without knowing how you got them

•Waking up the next day without any memories of what you did during the night you went drinking

What happens during a blackout?

If you are with someone, experiencing a blackout they are totally unaware; however, there are signs that will let you know about their condition. Hopefully, you can get the help they need so they avoid harming themselves when they are in this condition. Here are some of the symptoms of someone in a blackout:

•When out drinking, they lose their train of thought and ramble off the topic of the conversation

•They are unable to concentrate and repeat what they are saying over and over during the conversation

•They do not care about the feelings of others and become disrespectful and rude

•They are getting into arguments with people and beginning to participate in risky behavior

A blackout is serious and a sign that you are drinking too much alcohol and putting your health at risk. You can become ill and hurt yourself or someone else during a blackout. Drinking alcohol to excess can cause brain damage and harm other organs in your body. If you or someone you know is drinking and blacking out, please do not wait to get help with a detox center in Florida. It is important for you to speak to someone about your situation. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day. Please call 866-802-6848. We are here to help.

Content Reviewed by Jacklyn Steward

Jacklyn StewardJacklyn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and an EMDR trained trauma therapy specialist with over 6 years of experience in the field of addiction. She has a Masters Degree in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.