On the Blackout - How (or should?) you avoid it

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On the Blackout - How (or should?) you avoid it

Post by brandonman » Wed May 09, 2018 9:30 pm

A question that I've always pondered on. I don't know if it relates to my drinking extremely fast compared to others (this is, let's say, highly likely), tending not to have a lot of huge significant events, or something in my brain chemistry, but I feel as though I tend to black out events a lot earlier than others do. However, I'm reassured by everybody I know that I seem to maintain composure and almost act undrunk once I hit the blackout point. I just talk louder and more often. My hope, however, is to be able to push myself as I usually do, WITHOUT forgetting events. Is there something particular you guys do that maintains your train of memory of a night? Does food help? Does looking like a fuddy-duddy with a glass of water on the side help? I DO always remember significant events. I just want to be able to more vividly recall the train of events through a night. I wonder if I just don't cause wild enough events for myself to remember through the haze.

I may be broaching a dangerous topic. Sometimes, reconstructing the night, and suppressing the embarrassing bits, is the most fun part of the next day. On that thought, maybe forget I asked! I should start keeping a drinking diary for when I'm not at home with my internet history...
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Re: On the Blackout - How (or should?) you avoid it

Post by Absinthe Of Malice » Thu May 10, 2018 7:45 am

I am finding that I am blacking out a bit more than I used to but I ascribe part of that to age: I am headed down the other side of middle age and have seen and mostly done it all. So new experiences do not really exist for me in the day to day...I have to seek them out.

THAT said: I also black out at oddly unexpected and decidedly not mundane times, like while preparing the final course and dessert at a party we were hosting that involved an "Iron Chef" like cooking challenge and a paired signature cocktail with each dish. I am told that my maple-bourbon bread pudding was fucking divine, although my whipped cream could have been sweeter. So yeah, one minute I'm cooking for 20 or 25 of our friends then the next thing I know, I woke up naked and there's a chicken in the bedroom. No joke. We do raise chickens, but still...odd. Stumbling around that morning, I kept finding my discarded clothing around the house. I am presuming the party broke up as I began to disrobe, but I'm not sure.

Interestingly, blurry snapshots kept developing as the day wore on: a wobbly good night to one of our friends; sitting pantsless on the couch with Mrs Absinthe 2.0 and two of our friends; showing off our newly hatched chicks. But nothing concrete enough to call a "memory".

I have noticed that if I drink more, or more quickly, than usual, I go from "tipsy" to "Memento". If I forget what I am doing and pound Steel Reserve like PBR, my brain is shutting off while my body is still running around. If I quaff something sweet, like those quintuple imperial milk stouts or foo-foo crap, I'm checking out....not sure what that's about, but I think the glucose is bringing more permeability to the ol' blood brain barrier.

The things that other people SAY give them blackouts (shots, Jaeger, tequila, etc) generally don't do it to me. Mrs Absinthe 2.0 has seen me drink a pint or so of whiskey as a pregame to a concert, swill several beers at said concert, and then be transformed into a shambling, mumbling, shaggy beast by one Dragon's Milk.

Conversely I would say that the advice that dilettantes give to each other about "session" day drinking, then, is the way to avoid the blackout: every other drink should be water, make sure you have food in your stomach, nurse that cocktail so you are drinking a watery drink more slowly, go for anything that has "spritzer" or "cooler" in the name, wine drinks, low ABV beers, etc. In short, do everything that this board is against.

Shit, even putting a little paper umbrella in your drink will force you to slow down at the risk of a poke in the eye.

Part of the fun of "Memento" was trying to find the storyline, the timeline, the mystery of the history. Same with a blackout.
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Re: On the Blackout - How (or should?) you avoid it

Post by Sammy » Thu May 10, 2018 7:53 am

Maybe you guys should wear body cams the next time you think you might black out and then post snippets of the best parts here. Now that would be hilarious!

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Re: On the Blackout - How (or should?) you avoid it

Post by Absinthe Of Malice » Thu May 10, 2018 8:00 am

Sammy wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 7:53 am
Maybe you guys should wear body cams the next time you think you might black out and then post snippets of the best parts here. Now that would be hilarious!
Hereinafter referred to as "Exhibit A"
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Re: On the Blackout - How (or should?) you avoid it

Post by Sammy » Thu May 10, 2018 8:02 pm

Absinthe Of Malice wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 8:00 am
Sammy wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 7:53 am
Maybe you guys should wear body cams the next time you think you might black out and then post snippets of the best parts here. Now that would be hilarious!
Hereinafter referred to as "Exhibit A"

As your virtual Attorney, I advise you to proceed immediately to the next step and procure the requested gear!

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Re: On the Blackout - How (or should?) you avoid it

Post by Absinthe Of Malice » Thu May 10, 2018 8:16 pm

Sammy wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 8:02 pm
Absinthe Of Malice wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 8:00 am
Sammy wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 7:53 am
Maybe you guys should wear body cams the next time you think you might black out and then post snippets of the best parts here. Now that would be hilarious!
Hereinafter referred to as "Exhibit A"

As your virtual Attorney, I advise you to proceed immediately to the next step and procure the requested gear!
Alcopulco shirts and a red Cadillac convertible?
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Re: On the Blackout - How (or should?) you avoid it

Post by brandonman » Thu May 10, 2018 10:33 pm

I am actually not opposed to this bodycam idea. I picture it kind of like the tape recorder bit in fear and loathing in las vegas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQMNSIKThVo

Maybe when my pal and I start our 'every cocktail ever made' thing, I'll make it a point for one night to be a night of full debauchery while I record audio from my pocket. Legally and with all required consent, of course.

In regards to the shot thing: I THINK you're right. Typically, I'll only have a few shots in a night that has shots. I much prefer to enjoy my liquor. I'm not the biggest shot person. About the umbrellas: One of my more drunken nights in the past couple months involved me demanding our favorite bartender go find us the little umbrellas they put in pina coladas, when me and my buddy got punch-drunk retarded and realized Rum is a Caribbean liquor. Out of nowhere she just whipped them out from behind the bar. We've been going there for years, and never seen little umbrellas before. Everything after the umbrellas is a blackout. But those umbrellas stand out. I think you're onto something, but for the wrong reason. They give your brain something to focus on and remember.
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Re: On the Blackout - How (or should?) you avoid it

Post by oettinger » Fri May 11, 2018 11:10 am

I don`t understand the question. Why avoid?

Blackouts are there to keep you sane!

They happen. I wouldn`t put it on any special drinking-regime.
There are like a million things factoring in. I wont list them all.
Also I think they are fun. Especially when little somethings are coming back and your wasted brain tries it`s best to put little snippets together into a coherent image.
I do not remember posting that ^^^
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Re: On the Blackout - How (or should?) you avoid it

Post by Absinthe Of Malice » Fri May 11, 2018 11:31 am

Don't misunderstand: I am also pro-blackout.

Young Master Brandonman seemed ambivalent, and I was mockingly suggesting he follow the volumetric drinking tips of amateurs and dilettantes.

And as regards the umbrella, vis a vis the brain having something to hold onto: my first point in this thread was that something ordinary will not trigger the pickled brain to recall things but some extraordinary or unusual will.
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Re: On the Blackout - How (or should?) you avoid it

Post by Patchez » Fri May 11, 2018 5:45 pm

Absinthe Of Malice wrote:
Fri May 11, 2018 11:31 am
Don't misunderstand: I am also pro-blackout.

Young Master Brandonman seemed ambivalent, and I was mockingly suggesting he follow the volumetric drinking tips of amateurs and dilettantes.

And as regards the umbrella, vis a vis the brain having something to hold onto: my first point in this thread was that something ordinary will not trigger the pickled brain to recall things but some extraordinary or unusual will.
So if I'm reading this right you're saying "Blackout and be extraordinary."
Now you're ready for some anti-dry-otics!-BeerMakesMeSmarter

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Blackout and be extraordinary-Absinthe of Malice

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Re: On the Blackout - How (or should?) you avoid it

Post by Absinthe Of Malice » Fri May 11, 2018 7:26 pm

Patchez wrote:
Fri May 11, 2018 5:45 pm

So if I'm reading this right you're saying "Blackout and be extraordinary."
Yes!!
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Re: On the Blackout - How (or should?) you avoid it

Post by Patchez » Fri May 11, 2018 7:30 pm

Absinthe Of Malice wrote:
Fri May 11, 2018 7:26 pm
Patchez wrote:
Fri May 11, 2018 5:45 pm

So if I'm reading this right you're saying "Blackout and be extraordinary."
Yes!!
So I can quote you on that!
Now you're ready for some anti-dry-otics!-BeerMakesMeSmarter

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Blackout and be extraordinary-Absinthe of Malice

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Re: On the Blackout - How (or should?) you avoid it

Post by Absinthe Of Malice » Fri May 11, 2018 8:23 pm

Patchez wrote:
Fri May 11, 2018 7:30 pm
Absinthe Of Malice wrote:
Fri May 11, 2018 7:26 pm
Patchez wrote:
Fri May 11, 2018 5:45 pm

So if I'm reading this right you're saying "Blackout and be extraordinary."
Yes!!
So I can quote you on that!
Appears you have done so already and I’m honored!

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Re: On the Blackout - How (or should?) you avoid it

Post by Patchez » Fri May 11, 2018 8:48 pm

Now you're ready for some anti-dry-otics!-BeerMakesMeSmarter

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Blackout and be extraordinary-Absinthe of Malice

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