Blackout Drinking Can Lead To Memory Gaps Without A Loss Of Consciousness
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Unless you’ve been canada goose clothing uk blissfully unplugged, you must have come across the term « blackout » lately. canada goose outlet shop And you may have thought it means inebriated to the point of unconsciousness. Falling down drunk. Blotto.
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How common are blackouts?
We don’t have great epidemiologic data about this. I’ve seen the prevalence of blackouts ranging anywhere from 10 percent to up to 50 percent of young people who drink. It’s fair to say it’s not rare.
Does blackout seem to explain, at least potentially, the great divergence we heard last week in the testimony of Ford canada goose outlet orlando and Kavanaugh?
It’s plausible that if he were drinking heavily and rapidly that he might have a blackout. So it’s possible he canada goose outlet boston might have no recollection of what happened.
canada goose deals What do you think when you hear Kavanaugh say, in response to a question about whether he’s ever « passed out from drinking, » that he’s « gone to sleep, but. never blacked out »? canada goose deals
I have no knowledge of what Judge Kavanaugh knows about the definition of « blackout » versus « passing out » versus « falling asleep after drinking. » Passed out is not a clinical term and usually people use it to mean that they drank so much that they ended up falling asleep. I’m not sure if he could say that he had a blackout or not. The only way he would know is if somebody later told him that something happened while he was intoxicated and he didn’t remember it, and then canada goose outlet woodbury he believed they were telling the truth. If he also was drinking heavily and also had a blackout, neither of them would remember and nobody else would be in a position to call their attention to it.
canada goose Sure. It’s conceivable they both could have had a blackout about the same event, although that begins to get a little bit less likely. If there was someone there to say that something happened, that’s the only way you could come close to knowing. canada goose
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