Brett Kavanaugh might be telling the truth - at least as he recalls it.
And, he might not recall much.
In that state, induced by the consumption of alcohol, the person can behave normally or in an aberrant fashion. For example, in the latter, the man or woman with a gun might decide to go in and rob a bank. However, not one bit of all that will be remembered. Yes, there are those in prison now for crimes committed during blackouts of which they have no memory.
A "grayout," on the other hand, occurs when parts of what happens after the consumption of alcohol are remembered.
There is no absolute how-much ingestion of alcohol which triggers blackouts and grayouts. Some physical systems may be more vulnerable to blacking or graying out.
However, those who know their way around the rooms of recovery warn that blacking and graying out should be considered as red flags of a problem with alcohol. Not necessarily is the person an "alcoholic." All that should be "read in" is that the human beings risk catastrophe because in the altered state they may do what they will come to regret. And have no recall, so that they can't defend themselves appropriately.
From some media reports it seems that the young Kavanaugh enjoyed drinking alcohol. During that same time frame, two women accuse him a alleged sexual misconduct. He denies all that. Could the man have been in a blackout? Connect the dots.
Full disclosure: In 1981, after two blackouts I decided I could not drink alcohol safely. For me the answer was not to drink any at all, again. To do that I joined a recovery program. Among those I met was a man in his late 20s who had just been released for prison for an armed robbery he had no recollection committing.
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