Blackout Wednesday

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Blackout Wednesday or "Drinksgiving" is the night before the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, which is always a Thursday. It is associated with binge drinking since very few people have work on Thanksgiving, and most university students are home to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with their families.[1] The name refers to "blacking out", memory loss due to excessive alcohol intoxication. In the suburbs of Chicago in particular, Blackout Wednesday is sometimes a more popular partying night than even New Year's Eve or Saint Patrick's Day.[1] Reportedly the term was coined by college students at a famous west suburban Winfield bar, John's Buffett, in the mid-1970s.

In some cities it is the top drunk driving night of the year[2] due to underage drinking.


  1. ^ a b Spak, Kara (November 22, 2011). "Biggest night of the year". Sun Times. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ Nelson, Emily (2011-11-22). "Before the Turkey, A Big Night of Drinking". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 28, 2012.