I have a friend named John. John is starting to think that he has a drinking problem. He is in his young 20’s. John is worried because he regularly blacks out now when drinking and despite attempts to prevent himself from doing so, can’t. If John goes out with the intention of having 1 or 2 drinks he is almost always fine. It’s when John goes out with the intention of having say, 5 or 6 drinks, that he ends up drinking 12-20 drinks.
When this happens John’s memory will usually be missing significant chunks of his night. One of the big problems is that John’s blackouts “run backwards” - he never usually remembers being at the point of “having enough”. It’s like the choice almost doesn’t exist because he can never remember having the opportunity to make it. He is seemingly ok, having a good time, and next thing he knows he is waking up in bed. This scares John. John has been drinking for almost 5 years now and this has only started happening in the last year. John has probably blacked out now over a dozen times.
Does John having any hope of correcting his drinking habits?
Should he not drink for a while and then see how things go after a break ?
Any other advice?
I know there are some posters here who are/were big drinkers so I thought there might be some good advice.