For me, something clicked when it was pointed out that only alcoholics (and not just heavy drinkers) can have alcoholic blackouts
During the years I was drinking, I had alcoholic blackouts
which lasted an interminable time.
He said Small had had previous episodes of alcoholic blackouts
after drinking and added that a sleeping tablet he had taken could have reacted with the alcohol to produce a greater effect.
Well," he said, "I was experiencing alcoholic blackouts
throughout the whole period.