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blacking out

Posted by sar on April 7, 2001, at 0:51:30

One more post as long as I'm here, because this one has been bothering me for awhile and I'm wondering if anyone has any medical knowledge/personal experience with this.

I've had a problem with blackout drinking for nearly a year now. The more my alcohol use increased, the more frequent and prolonged the blackouts became; my alcohol tolerance rose to where I could (and still can) drink like a fish but still function (i.e, remain not only coherent but quite animated as well). The people I hung out with were always surprised the next day when I didn't remember anything, though often in my blackouts I behaved badly (generally doing a lot of things I really wish I hadn't).

Mainly I'm wondering how and why my brain turns off so quickly when I drink, how all of this mememory is obliterated upon waking. The blackouts begin when I've got a good buzz but not even drunk yet.

(The last therp I had wouldn't talk about this with me, she said "let's talk about what drives you drink instead.")

For some background, my diagnoses over the past few years by various therapists have been Social Phobia, Generalized Anxiety, Dysthymia, and Severe Depression.

Thanks in advance,




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