Experiencing frequent blackouts when drinking does not necessarily mean you have an alcohol addiction. However, frequent blackouts may mean your blood alcohol content (BAC) reaches a high level when you do drink. Everyone will experience one once their BAC reaches a certain point, though -- around 0.14 BAC and up.
If frequent blackouts bother you or pose a risk to your safety and well-being, take action to understand why you blackout and learn how to prevent it.
Why Do Blackouts Occur?
The possibility of experiencing a blackout (a time when the brain stops recording new memories) increases as your blood alcohol level rises. Still, not everyone will experience them at the same level. Everyone tolerates and processes alcohol a little differently.
So, it's important to know your own body and to understand your risk factors for blacking out, such as doing shots or drinking a certain amount within a specific time frame.