Am I Having Blackouts?
When I drink wine, I will call my girlfriend many times and leave messages accusing her of cheating on me. Last night I called 10 times leaving 6 messages. I remember making 3 calls and only 1 message. Do I black-out? When someone is blacked out are they still able to talk and operate? I've done this twice and I am worried about what I have done because I'm not sure what I have said.REPLY
The short answer to your question is yes, it is possible to have a conversation with someone and not remember any of it. Although this may seem fantastical it is in fact relatively common.
When you suffer from an alcohol-induced blackout you do not lose consciousness rather, the alcohol shuts down the part of the brain responsible for recollection, it is in effect alcohol-induced amnesia. For more on the action of alcohol on the brain read Alcohol Brain Damage
.Blackouts are unpredicatble in both their onset and duration
. Some individuals have reported experiencing blackouts after only a couple of drinks.
Some blackouts are very severe and memory loss can last for days. There are a couple of cases in which an alcoholic blackout has been used as a defense in court against a murder charge.Blackouts are a very real danger
, particularly amongst those with severe drinking problems.