8. Blacking out and passing out are not the same thing.
A person experiencing a blackout can appear to be fully functional to others. However, he or she will not remember what happened at a later time. This is because alcohol dependence affects the brain’s ability to store long-term memories.
9. The opposite is also true.
The alcoholic may remember too much and continue drinking to “forget” the shame of what he or she has done while drinking. It becomes a vicious cycle that can be hard to get out of.
10. Alcoholism is expensive.
In the most recent statistic, from a study taken in 2006, alcohol abuse and misuse cost the United States over 220 billion dollars. This includes such things as medical costs and public funds expenditures. It’s likely substantially higher today.