Blacking Out From Alcohol

What Causes Alcoholic Memory Blackouts?

Alcoholic memory blackouts can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose alcoholic memory blackouts, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "alcoholic memory blackouts" as a symptom.  For example, tryptophan need.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause.

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of alcoholic memory blackouts.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate alcohol consumption, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
When drinking alcohol heavily, have you suffered blackouts (no memory of events)?
Possible responses:
→ Not applicable / don't know
→ No, I have never blacked out after drinking
→ Yes, but it has only happened once or twice
→ Yes, I black out once in a while
→ Yes, I frequently black out
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no history of alcoholic blackouts, blacking out from alcohol or frequently blacking out from alcohol, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Tryptophan Need.  Tryptophan (or 5-HTP), the precursor of the sleep-inducing neurotransmitter serotonin, also has relaxing and calming effects.  Serotonin levels are often low among people with anxiety disorders.  A study found that 44% of alcoholics suffer from anxiety.  You can be pretty sure that you are low on tryptophan if you have ever blacked out from drinking.  It has been established that low tryptophan stores trigger blackouts.
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