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My Last Blackout Scared Me

Share Your Story: My Lowest Point and Where I Am Today

By High School Girl

Updated January 24, 2012

What was your lowest point?

Drinking was not only a bad habit of mine my freshman, sophomore, and junior years of high school, it was a routine. In fact, the summer following my sophomore year I was probably drunk more than I was sober.

After a school dance my junior year, I went to a party and got belligerently drunk. I blacked out, embarrassed myself in front of all my peers, and proceeded to vomit and eventually fall unconscious.

My dad came and picked me up and carried me to the emergency room. I was unresponsive and given fluids. My BAC was .45. A BAC of .05 more and I would have died.

What Did You Do to Change?

I realized that this had to stop. I had blacked out frequently in the weeks prior to that night and was humiliated and tired of the feeling of not knowing what had happened the night prior.

My parents grounded me for a very long time. I have not drank alcohol in three months. It has been extremely difficult for me, but whenever I feel the temptation to get drunk, I flashback to the morning I woke up with a hospital bracelet on and IV in my arm, not knowing how they got there.

I feel a lot stronger being alcohol-free. I feel like I have more power over myself and my actions. I have lost many friends but I have become closer with a good few. I have also become closer with my family.

Lessons Learned

  • It's not worth it.
  • Death occurs at a BAC of .50.
  • Never drink alcohol when you are on an antidepressant medicine. The alcohol hits you all at once because the antidepressant is time-release.
  • No one has sympathy for the kid who's blacked out.

Buddy T, About.com Alcoholism, says:

Drinking to excess can be extremely dangerous even if you don't mix alcohol with other drugs. Here is more information about binge drinking:

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