Drinking alcohol can be fun for most people in a social setting. Getting together with friends to celebrate special occasion, relaxing with friends to play video games in the living room, even going to enjoy local music at a club can be enjoyed while sharing a few cocktails or beers. The problem is that some people have issues with controlling their drinking to a responsible amount, even when enjoyed in a social setting. Binge drinking is problematic for many people, but a large majority tend to binge drink very rarely and when they do, it’s not guaranteed that it will end up that they will have to rely on people around them to tell them what happened when they come out of the stupor.


Dangers of Alcohol Abuse

Frequently blacking out from having too much to drink is not a typical way to enjoy social drinking. Not only is it dangerous and can cause brain damage if too frequent, it creates other more serious dangers to your immediate safety This is especially true if it happens outside of the safety of your home. Getting blackout drunk in a public place, especially without the presence of a trusted friend, is inviting loss of self agency and possibility of ending up in situations which have consequences that are paid for in full when you finally sober up. Impaired judgment is at its highest level during a state leading up to blackout. Your brain has already begun shutting down in an attempt to rest and try to expunge and process the alcohol out of your body. In other words, it’s a mild form of alcohol poisoning and your body is trying to handle it.


Controlled Drinking

People who can enjoy a rare drink won’t put themselves into a position where they’re tampering with their own body’s very ability to process their drinks. They won’t repeatedly put themselves into harm’s way because they can’t stop filling their glass or buying another round. They aren’t looked at by their friends who might otherwise hang out with them as a burden because they always end up needing special care by the end of a night out having fun. A drinker who is having blackouts frequently might need another kind of ‘blackout’.


Alcohol Addiction Treatment in NJ

Discovery InstituteWhen entering the care of a substance abuse facility, it begins with a 72 hour period called a ‘blackout period’, where communications are very limited between the patient and the outside world to give them the ability to focus entirely on adjustment to their new environment and responsibilities that are designed for them to be successful in dealing with their addiction. It may seem scary, unnecessary or even torturous, but at the end of this period there’s no wondering what happened the night before, no possibility of waking up in a cell or in a strange place, of ending up in a hospital from a car wreck, etc. This can be the last blackout you will ever have to go through and one with positive consequences for once.

To find out about treatment options, contact Discovery New Jersey today.


Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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