By David Joel Miller, MS, Licensed Therapist & Licensed Counselor.
Will I remember my Blackout?
Reader Question # 3
No! If you truly had a blackout you will not remember it. If no memory is stored then there is nothing to recover. Think of it like playing a brand new blank DVD. Nothing recorded, so nothing to play.
Brownouts can happen also.
Sometimes bits and pieces of information were saved. It is often referred to as a brownout. That information may come back a little, bits by bit and piece by piece.
My guess, and it is only a guess, is that the brownouts happen when there was a trauma, like rape and the brain tried to protect you or when the levels of alcohol or other drugs in the blood stream fluctuated.