What is the connection between blackout drunk and drunk driving?

| Jul 29, 2019 | Drunk Driving |

Seeing young people become blackout drunk in Massachusetts is fairly common. Older people often follow this behavioral pattern as well. In fact, CNN reports that blackouts after binge drinking is extremely common. You may think of someone simply passing out. However, many people who suffer from blackouts are awake and may continue to participate in social and even intimate affairs. They simply do not remember what happened, and unfortunately, that may include getting behind the wheel.

An older study cited by the 2015 CNN article reported that 51% of 800 surveyed university students who had consumed alcohol before, reported to experiencing at least one blackout induced by alcohol. Many of these students then engaged in risky behavior. Some vandalized properties, had sexual intercourse or operated a vehicle.

A more recent study than the former reported that of 4,500 surveyed students, 12% of men and 12% of women had been blackout drunk at least once in the two weeks prior. What is worse is that friends and even spouses do not always know when people are experiencing a mental blackout. Not everyone becomes the stereotype of the uncoordinated drunk when they have consumed too much alcohol, especially if they have been doing so for years.

To prevent blackouts, CNN recommends that you should not skip meals before drinking. Chugging beer and doing too many rounds of shots may also lead to blackouts. It is important for people to pace themselves when drinking and limit the amount of alcohol they consume. Finally, note that women are more susceptible to blackouts than men, because they tend to be smaller in body, are more likely to skip meals and tend to choose drinks with a higher alcohol concentration.

This article provides information on drunk driving. It should not be misconstrued as or used in place of legal or medical advice.