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Did you watch the ball drop with a glass of champagne? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. New Year’s Eve is the most popular drinking holiday of the year. But, festivities filled with friends and family may occasionally lead to overconsumption. For some, a few too many drinks can even cause alcohol-induced amnesia, better known as a blackout. In our December poll, we asked readers about another factor that affects the likelihood of blacking out from drinking: whether the person consuming alcohol is male or female.
More than 70 percent of people answered our questions correctly; women are at a higher risk of blacking out due to alcohol consumption. We explored a few reasons why this might be the case in our previous blog post, The Science behind Blacking Out. The reasons include:
Whether it leads to a blackout or not, excessive alcohol consumption is dangerous for both men and women. Additionally, experiencing regular alcohol blackouts may be a sign of an alcohol use disorder (alcoholism).
No matter what you’re celebrating throughout 2018, if you’re an adult and choose to consume alcohol, we encourage you to drink responsibly. Cheers to a happy and healthy New Year from all of us at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.
Hannah Freedman is a communications and digital associate at the Center on Addiction