Alcoholic Blackouts and Korsakoff’s Syndrome

  • Donald W. Goodwin
  • Shirley Y. Hill
  • Saul Hopper
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 59)


Several studies in recent years (Goodwin, 1970; Tamerin, et al., 1971) have indicated that alcohol-induced intoxication is sometimes associated with a specific short-term memory deficit during the period of intoxication followed by amnesia (blackout) for the period during which short-term memory was impaired. Hence, alcoholic blackouts, defined as alcohol-related inability to remember ordinarily memorable events, appears to represent an anterograde form of amnesia.


Delay Condition Memorable Event Stimulus Card Recognition Measure Korsakoff Patient 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald W. Goodwin
    • 1
  • Shirley Y. Hill
    • 1
  • Saul Hopper
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of PsychiatryWashington University Medical School, St. Louis; and John O. Viesselman, U.C.L.A.USA

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