Not everyone gets blackouts, but if you do they can be frightening. When you experience a blackout, alcohol actually prevents the formation of memories. It stops neurotransmitters from imprinting memories from short to long term.
The blood alcohol content (BAC) for blackouts begins at 0.14.
This is when you forget information you already know, like your phone number or address. If prompted you’re likely to recall that piece of information.
A complete blackout can last for minutes, hours and even days.
With a complete blackout you are physically able to function but your decisions and judgement are severely impaired. You have little control over your emotions and your behaviour can be unpredictable. It can last for minutes, hours and even days. When prompted you will be unable to remember anything of that period of time, ever. Those memories were never recorded.
Don’t mix alcohol and medication.
To help prevent blackouts follow these tips:
Eat before you drink
Stay hydrated and try alternating alcoholic with non-alcoholic drinks
Avoid mixing medication with alcohol
Avoid drinking games