Study Links Memory Blackouts with Alcohol Related Injuries

AlcoholA recent study conducted by the U. S. and Canadian researchers has found that college students who experience more memory blackouts are at a higher risk of suffering from injuries. Memory blackout is an inability to recall events when a person is under the influence of alcohol. It’s not related to any other type of memory loss.

The findings of the study were based on the data collected from almost 800 undergraduates and more than 150 postgraduate students. These students were monitored for two years at five North American universities.

The results of the evaluation revealed that more than half of all the students had one or more memory blackouts in the 12 months. About 7% of the students reported the blackout six or more during this study period. Students who had memory blackouts also experienced injuries during the same time.

The researchers have also revealed that around 600,000 college students were injured as a result of excess drinking in the USA. In 2005, about 2,000 died as a result of unintentional injuries occurred after drinking alcohol.

The study has suggested that memory blackout screening at student health services could be helpful in reducing college alcohol related injuries.