Alcohol Blackouts and Military Sexual Assault
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Alcohol Blackouts and Military Sexual Assault
“Alcoholic blackouts are a time period that someone can’t remember because they were drunk. They may not know what happened, and other people may not be able to tell them either.” This is the definition of an alcoholic blackout according to WebMD.
The term “blackout” was first used in 1956 by American neurologist Dr. Henry Woltman when he found that alcoholics would sometimes forget periods of drinking ever happened even though they could still drink more without getting too drunk or sick from it. He coined the term “alcoholic blackout” which refers to a state where you don’t remember anything that has been happening for some time after drinking alcohol because your brain couldn’t keep up with processing information while intoxicated.
How Long Does an Alcohol Blackouts Last?
A black out can last from a few minutes to several hours. Alcohol affects the brain’s hippocampus, an important area for memory. This causes fragmented memories and problems with forming new ones when you’re in this blackout state. You may not remember what happened but it will also be difficult or impossible for others to tell you about your condition because no one can really tell what your mental state was at the time.
It’s important to remember that alcohol affects everyone differently and there is no one way for an alcoholic blackout to happen. There are certain factors, such as how much you’ve been drinking or if it’s a person’s first black out, which may affect this blackout experience but most times it’s completely random.
An alcoholic blackout is a condition that can result from alcohol abuse, in which the person engaging in drinking has no memory of their actions while under its influence. Blackouts during or after drinking have been documented for centuries, and were characterized by Victorians as “temporary insanity”. In modern times they are primarily associated with binge drinkers who engage in unprotected sex, and are in some cases considered to be a form of drug-facilitated sexual assault.
An alcoholic blackout is not an excuse for bad sexual behavior
The phrase “alcoholic blackout” is often used interchangeably with the more general term amnesia; it can also refer to memory loss due to other substances such as benzodiazepines or opioids. Alcohol may produce blackouts by interfering with the encoding of memories. Drinking after a period without drinking can also lead to blackouts, as alcohol drinkers develop a tolerance and need more drink for intoxication than non-drinkers.
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Many people who experience an alcoholic blackout are not aware they have even had one until information from friends or family is relayed about what happened while they were drinking.
The science behind alcohol blackouts
Authors of scientific studies have come to the conclusion that no one knows what causes blackouts, but they are most likely caused by a lack of thiamine in the brain. Some experts speculate that alcohol impairs the neurotransmitter glutamate which is responsible for memory function and retrieval or encoding memories into long-term storage. Alcohol also has sedative effects on the brain, and can cause memory lapses.
Alcoholic blackouts are associated with binge drinking or chronic alcoholism. Heavy drinkers who experience a blackout may have consumed more than 300 ml of alcohol per hour (approximately 12-14 drinks in two hours). The risk of experiencing an alcoholic blackout is much higher for people who drink on an empty stomach.
What is an alcoholic blackout
Blackouts may be caused by too much alcohol, a lack of food in the stomach, and/or sleep deprivation. It’s possible that some blackouts are caused by the body’s inability to break down alcohol as a result of enzyme deficiencies.
It is possible for someone with an alcoholic blackout to do things that individuals without one cannot remember later on, including having sex or driving and causing accidents. If you suspect your loved one is in danger because of blackouts they may be experiencing, it is important to talk with them about how they are feeling and what you have overheard.
It’s not possible for someone experiencing an alcoholic blackout to control their behavior or learn from the experience afterwards, because they won’t remember it at all. The best way for people who suffer from blackouts due to alcohol abuse is seek professional help in order to stop drinking.
Blacked-out people CAN CONSENT to sexual activity
A common misconception is that a person cannot have an alcoholic blackout if they are not drunk enough, but this simply isn’t the case. Alcohol affects everyone differently and it’s impossible to predict how much someone will drink until after things happen. This means that even people who don’t show outward signs of being intoxicated could be at risk of having a blackout.
Sample Cross Examination Questions for Alcohol Blackout Experts
Point: Types Of Blackouts
Q: Large amounts of alcohol can cause memory loss?
Q: Alcohol consumption can impact memory formation while a person is intoxicated? Q: Alcohol consumption can cause partial long-term memory loss?
Q: Alcohol consumption can cause complete long-term memory loss?
Q: These memory losses are called blackouts?
Q: They are also called alcohol induced amnesia?
Q: Partial long-term memory loss is called a fragmentary blackout?
Q: Complete long-term memory loss is called an “en bloc” blackout?
Q: These memory losses are more likely to happen when the alcohol is consumed rapidly?
Q: These memory losses are more likely to happen when the alcohol is a higher potency?
Q: For example, six shots of vodka in five minutes is more likely to cause memory loss than six ultra light beers over two hours?
Q: Blackout affects a person’s ability to form new memories while the person is intoxicated?
Q: Blackouts can occur even when subjects are capable of participating in salient, emotionally charged events, such as at their brother’s wedding?
Q: Blackouts can occur during mundane events, like sitting at home and watching a re- run on TV?
Q: Blackouts do not affect memories formed before the intoxication?
Q: Blackouts do not erase past memories?
Q: For example, if I drank and blacked out, the blackout would not make me forget something that happened to me as a child?
Q: In a blackout, alcohol impairs the ability to form new memories while the person is intoxicated?
Q: A person that has experienced a blackout in the past is more likely to experience one in the future?
Point: You Cannot Refresh A Blacked Out Memory
Q: When experiencing an “en bloc” blackout, a person cannot recall any details whatsoever from events that occurred while they were blacked out?
Q: An “en block” blackout is a complete blackout?
Q: If a person experienced an “en bloc” blackout, their memory cannot be refreshed? Q: Their memory cannot be brought back?
Q: Their memory cannot be brought back, even if someone tries to cue their recall?
Q: Cueing recall is when someone tells the blacked out person what happened in an attempt to help them remember?
Q: If someone truly experienced an “en bloc” blackout, then their lost memories cannot come back?
Point: Blacked Out People Can Function
Q: During an “en bloc” blackout, people can remember things short-term? Q: A blacked out person can carry on conversations?
Q: A blacked out person can drive an automobile?
Q: A blacked out person can write an email?
Q: A blacked out person can read a book?
Q: A blacked out person can listen to music?
Q: A blacked out person can engage in sexual activities?
Q: A blacked out person can make purchases on Amazon?
Q: A blacked out person can engage in other complicated behaviors?