Blacking Out After Barrels Of Beer!
Why I chose this topic
What is it?
- dissipate anxiety and avoid trauma (like in psychiatric emergencies), or
- in the case of surgery, allows them to not be able to remember being operated on.
Amnesia can also set in due to substance abuse. A well-known drug that makes you lose your memory is alcohol. Many are known to drink too much and "black out," waking up the next morning and not remembering anything from the previous night. Benzodiazepines, and barbiturates can have the same effect.
Drinking too much can result in a blackout, where you don't recall anything that you may have done while drunk.
Abusing this psychoactive drug (meant to treat anxiety, seizures, insomnia, and related disorders) can cause loss of memory.
Largely replaced by benzodiazepines, barbiturates are depressants (like alcohol) that, if abused, can also cause amnesia.
What's going on in the brain?
What research has been done?
Donald W. Goodwin studied the effect on alcohol in people's memory. He interviewed hospitalized alcoholics and studied the relationship between alcohol and memory loss in blackouts, and distinguished two different types: fragmented and en bloc blackouts.
- Drinking on a full stomach rather than an empty one can help to prevent blacking out, because your blood alcohol level will rise at a considerably slower pace.
- The main suspect in blacking out is a quick, dramatic spike in blood alcohol levels due to drinking too much too fast
- Women are more likely to black out than men because their blood alcohol levels rise faster due to the fact they have less water in their bodies and less gastric dehydrogenase (a substance in the body that breaks down alcohol)