You come round. You feel thirsty, sick and confused.
As you open your eyes, your brain races. You have one terrifying question on your mind. “What did I do last night?”
You search for answers but there are only small pieces – fragments of conversations, blurred faces, disconnected places. Or you have no memories at all beyond a certain hour – no clues to piece together your evening, to reassure you that nothing went wrong.
You remember getting ready to go out, then arriving at the bar or club or party. You were with friends. Drinks were flowing. You chatted to people you met.
You were having a good time. You were talking, laughing and messing around. Then everything goes hazy or black. You can’t recall what happened next. When did you leave? Were you with your friends all night? How did you get home?
Or worse, you wake up after blackout drinking and you don’t know where you are. It’s morning but you don’t know this bed, this room, this house. Who have you spent the night with? Where is your wallet? What happened in the time you can’t remember?
You check your phone. There are calls you’ve made, late last night. Did your ex answer that call past midnight? Was your friend angry to be woken up? What did you say? Did any of it make any sense? You search for clues in your mind – but nothing comes back. You feel too embarrassed to call them now.
Then there’s today. You’re late for work or college or meeting a friend. Or it’s your day off and there’s nowhere you have to be. Either way, your head is spinning. All you want to do is escape, hide and drink some more.
Or perhaps you swear off alcohol after blackout drinking. You tell yourself you’ll never drink again. You’ve been in this place before but this time it’s different. You promise yourself you’ll quit – but your thoughts are driving you crazy and you need to switch off.
This is the frightening reality of blackout drinking. It affects most people who are addicted to alcohol at some stage. It might be now and again. Or it might happen most times you drink. Whatever the frequency, alcohol-induced blackouts are one of the signs you need immediate help with your drinking.
If you’ve had enough of blackout drinking, then Addiction Helper can advise in confidence about the best alcohol treatment options for you.
What Is Blackout Drinking and Why Does It Happen?
Blackout drinking is alcohol-induced amnesia. Alcohol disrupts many aspects of brain function including activity in the hippocampus, a key brain region for memory. Blackouts happen because alcohol interferes with the formation of new long-term memories.
The more alcohol you consume and the quicker you consume it, the greater the risk of partial or complete memory loss. There is a proven link between the rapid rise in blood alcohol concentration and memory impairment. Many studies have shown that mixing alcohol with other drugs can increase the risk of blackouts.
Blackout Drinking and Risky Behaviour
It’s possible to take part in many different activities during blackout drinking – talking to friends or strangers, dancing, having sex, making your way home on public transport or even driving a car.
This is why blackout drinking is particularly dangerous to you and others – you can walk, talk, move around, seemingly just drunk to other people. And yet, your brain function is so impaired that you won’t be able to remember what you’ve done.
Get Help Now with Blackout Drinking
If you want to stop blackout drinking, Addiction Helper can assess your situation today. We will advise you on alcohol detox, rehab and counselling, to help you recover from harmful drinking. Please contact us by phone, email or via this website.