MU Researchers Work On Alcohol-Induced Blackout Tool

Researchers at the University of Missouri have created an Alcohol Induced Blackout Measurement tool as a reliable way to measure and differentiate types of blackouts.

Blackouts are periods of alcohol-induced amnesia, in which the drinker is awake and able to interact with others but often cannot remember the events the following day.

In a study of the new tool, 350 people between the ages of 18 and 29 who had an incident in the past 12 months filled out a survey about at time when they could not remember what happened when they were drinking.

Blackout assessments may be a valuable screening tool in clinical settings by helping to identify individuals at risk for other alcohol related problems.

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