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Why Do We Get Blackout Drunk?

If you’ve ever drunk too much, you might’ve experienced the phenomenon of “blacking out.” Why does this happen? Trace is here to explain what occurs in the brain once you’ve consumed a large amount of alcohol.

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“Blackouts are a reaction to the consumption of alcohol which impacts memory. It’s the inability to recall any memories that may have been formed during the period of intoxication.”

What is a ‘blackout’?

“A blackout occurs when a person consumes enough alcohol that it interferes with brain function and memory formation.”

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What Happens To Your Brain When You Get Black-Out Drunk?

“You wake up in an unfamiliar room, missing a button or two, with a few stains on your shirt that you’re hoping are food-related.”

What Happened? Alcohol, Memory Blackouts, and the Brain

“Alcohol primarily interferes with the ability to form new long-term memories, leaving intact previously established long-term memories and the ability to keep new information active in memory for brief periods.”


“Sue wakes up. She rolls over to see the time, stretches and realizes she doesn’t know when she went to bed. Thinking, she remembers going out last night to a party.”

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