Alcoholic Blackouts and Korsakoff’s Syndrome
Several studies in recent years (Goodwin, 1970; Tamerin, et al., 1971) have indicated that alcohol-induced intoxication is sometimes associated with a specific short-term memory deficit during the period of intoxication followed by amnesia (blackout) for the period during which short-term memory was impaired. Hence, alcoholic blackouts, defined as alcohol-related inability to remember ordinarily memorable events, appears to represent an anterograde form of amnesia.
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