But are there lifelong ramifications of excessive drinking while you’re in college? Here’s what you should know.

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No Recall Drinking

It’s one thing to gather around a keg at a fraternity party. It’s another to drink until you become blackout drunk.

Binge drinking is one of the biggest causes of blacking out. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines binge drinking as “rapid alcohol consumption that raises blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 percent or more”–the legal limit in most states.

At 0.16 and higher BAC, blackouts are much more likely to occur.

One researcher described the impact of alcohol on the brain like this: If recreational drugs were a tool, alcohol would be the sledgehammer. 1

Updated: Aug 16, 2021
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