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  1. Alcoholic memory lapses, or alcoholic palimpsests, are fragments of more or less erased memories or total loss of memory about everything that happened during the period of intoxication.

    This is a symptom characteristic of the second stage of alcohol dependence.

    Read more about the signs of stage 3 alcoholism here: https://zen.yandex.ru/media/id/5e5e195e23f6716bacbc570a/stadii-alkogolizma-kak-poniat-chto-ia-spivaius-5eaa7e2f06b3c73001d069f7

    Memory problems occur because the brain is damaged to such an extent that mental processes are disrupted. In addition to amnesia, there are, for example, aggression, rigidity.

    Read more about the effects of alcohol on the brain here: https://zen.yandex.ru/media/id/5e5e195e23f6716bacbc570a/kak-alkogol-vliiaet-na-mozg-obiasniaet-narkolog-6059a549ca702b174a2af501

    Alcoholic oblivion indicates that the pathology is becoming organic.

    In severe forms of addiction, degenerative changes are irreversible. But most often, problems related to memory can be eliminated, however, only if the patient maintains long-term sobriety, ideally throughout life. In this case, the organic pathology of the brain will be leveled, and not only memory and performance will improve, but also the quality of life of a person.

  2. When a person is intoxicated with alcohol, the perception of information about the environment slows down. Since ethanol has a toxic effect on brain cells, which slows down nerve conduction. In short, a lapse in memory occurs because information simply does not reach the cortex of the brain. Memory lapses will not be restored, as information about these events simply did not form.

  3. The brain has a hippocampus, which is responsible for memory. It is found in the old bark and consists of white matter, which, in turn, is perfectly killed by alcohol. But humans are capable of neurogenesis — that is, with a proper lifestyle, hippocampal cells will gradually recover. So this process is not irreversible, it's all horror stories for high school students.

    As for memory lapses: I can only judge from my own experience and a few scraps of scientific information: some memories are really impossible to restore, because at a certain level of alcohol intoxication, the brain stops “recording” information. But there are two more options that are relevant for moderate (and immoderate) alcoholics:

    a) Chronic memory problems that do not mean the absence of a specific memory, and sooner or later all the secret can come to the surface (as the hippocampal cells recover, for example).

    b) False memories. This is the most terrible and interesting phenomenon, because it manifests itself, one way or another, in every person, but in drinkers it is much more noticeable. That is, the more you drink — the less you can be sure that you really remember your life. The realization of this fact at one time made me somewhat reconsider my views on the world. I advise you to write on this topic: ted.com

  4. That's right:) The cells simply “did not remember” at that moment, and moreover, during the” holiday ” a wild number of these cells died irrevocably

  5. There are three possible options.

    1. If a person is very drunk (for example, they are being carried home, but they are mumbling something or trying to sing songs out of place). In this case, memory lapses are a symptom of deafening consciousness. In general, memory lapses are the norm here. A similar condition, for example, is observed with a strong blow to the head. A peculiar reaction of the brain. The highest degree of deafening consciousness syndrome is a coma (this is no longer the norm)))).

    1. Alcoholic palimpsest (memory lapses) is the most informative symptom of the first stage of alcoholism. In general, it is quite difficult to determine the first stage and this symptom is the most objective. Another important symptom is the disappearance of the gag reflex to alcohol (large doses-these doses, by the way, are very individual). A healthy person (not an alcoholic) should remember everything and his body should perceive the use of a large dose of alcohol as poisoning, with all the physiological consequences.

    2. It happens that after a traumatic brain injury, intoxication begins to be accompanied by memory lapses. In this case, the person always clearly understands that, for example, after he was beaten, he acquired this feature, understands that after this event he cannot remember his “drunkenness”. Although we must understand that such a person can also get drunk (we observe his gag reflex, in such cases)))

    I was told a funny story. Two friends came to karaoke, their musical tastes coincided, they went to karaoke often and, in general, managed to order the same song at the same time. One of them played his number – the microphone went further on the tables and after 50 minutes returned back to them. It's the turn of the second friend … well, in general, this second friend put a lot of effort to prove his case… )

    The time, by the way, is also always different. The same person may, for example, forget in a couple of hours (lose a fragment of memory), and the next time they may realize that they forgot something when they wake up in the morning.

    I hope I didn't upset anyone…

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