Cries from the Abyss: Alcohol Blackouts Revealed

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Long silenced by shame and stigma, alcohol blackout victims speak at last. Hundreds of them tell us more about blackouts than has ever been known before--what happens in a blackout; what brought it on; who has them and how often; the suffering and ruined lives associated with blackouts; the depths of our tragic neglect and ignorance about blackouts. Victims describe quarrels and physical abuse of loved ones, wild rides and tragic accidents, indiscriminate sex, rape, violent crimes, indeed all manner of uncharacteristic and unwanted behaviors that are truly destructive brutish and bizarre. And they have no control over or memory of it. In Cries From the Abyss victims tell us that much we have believed about blackouts is incorrect. The long association of blackouts with heavy drinking and advanced alcoholism is dead wrong. People can blackout on two beers. Others blackout every time they drink. They lose their sense of self. It seems to them another person, a "monster" takes over their mind and body, performing acts they would never do. And, without memory formation, something like this does occur. Cries From The Abyss reveals a most serious public health problem that affects everyone, whether they drink or not--one grossly neglected and ignored by Medicine, the Law and Government. A must read!

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Dr. Sweeney is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is the author of THE ALCOHOL BLACKOUT: Walking, Talking, Unconscious & Lethal. Published in 2004, it was and is the first book ever published on the subject. His new book, Cries From the Abyss, is a companion or supplemental book to the first. It puts a human face on a neglected and misunderstood subject.

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,,,informative and persuasive indeed. Highly recommended for anyone who works with children and adults, the criminal justice systems including forensics and law enforcement, public health, and parents or children of alcoholics, or alcoholics themselves who wish to understand more about blackouts. Tonya Thul-Theis --Midwest Book Review

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