Alcohol abuse, affects the lives of half the population of the U.S. Regardless of whether it happens over many years or only once, alcohol abuse can have a lasting and detrimental effect on brain activity and can lead to blackouts and memory loss. Alcohol abuse may prevent the brain from functioning normally and it interferes with how the brain processes information. As the brain is impacted by alcohol abuse, the individual may suffer extreme mood swings, problems with motor control movement and impaired judgment as well as cause loss of consciousness and memory loss.
Blackouts and Memory Loss
Individuals can suffer memory loss from consuming a few drinks and the more they continue to drink, the higher the degree of memory loss. Binge drinking can have a tremendous impact on memory loss. Blackouts, or periods of amnesia or memory loss, while engaging in alcohol use, are experienced by social drinkers more than was previously thought and has little to do with whether or not the individual is an alcoholic. Rapidly consuming as much alcohol as possible can increase the chances of an alcohol blackout. These blackouts can last from a few minutes to several hours. In a study conducted on 772 college students, 51 percent admitted to having an alcohol blackout since they began consuming alcohol and more than 40 percent admitted to having a black out in the last year. Nearly 10 percent had consumed alcohol in excess in the previous week and reported having an alcohol blackout. All students reported finding out from friends and family, after the fact that they engaged in risky and potentially dangerous behavior while they were intoxicated, which the individual could not remember. In the study an equal amount of men and women experienced alcohol blackouts, even though the men consumed considerably more alcohol than the women. The study revealed that women are more susceptible to the effects of alcohol, especially blackouts and memory loss than men. The study contributed this phenomenon to the differences in which women process alcohol from men.
What Causes Blackouts?
Neuroscientists at the Washington University School of Medicine have discovered that certain brain cells are involved in blackouts. Contrary to previous thought that alcohol destroys brain cells, these Neuroscientists discovered that alcohol abuse hinder certain receptors in the brain, causing the brain to produce steroids that prohibits memory. Basically, excessive alcohol consumption can create a reaction in the brain that prevents the ability to learn or create new memories. Processing continues, but memories are not retained. It is like pushing the record button on your DVR and later finding out that nothing was recorded.
How to Stop Blackouts
If you are having blackouts as a result of your alcohol addiction you should seek assistance. Consuming alcohol to the point of having blackouts is a symptom of alcohol abuse. Depending on how long you have been using alcohol, the frequency you have been consuming alcohol and how much alcohol you use; it may be necessary for you to seek detox assistance. IV therapy medical detox is seen as the best method of detox available. IV therapy medical detox is supervised by a physician and intravenous therapy allows the doctor to make any necessary changes to the medication as the withdrawal symptoms change. If you or someone you know are struggling with an alcohol addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from alcohol and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.