Blackout Wednesday

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Blackout Wednesday (or "Black Wednesday," "Drinksgiving," or "Thanksgiving Eve,” or “Wacky Wednesday”) is a pejorative term for 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 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 south Chicago suburbs in particular, Blackout Wednesday is sometimes a more popular partying night than even New Year's Eve or Saint Patrick's Day.[1] In some cities, it is the top drunk driving night of the year.[2] Police departments increase patrols checking for drunk driving in many jurisdictions including in Indiana[3] and Minnesota.[4] MADD reports that the Thanksgiving holiday produces more people killed in drunk driving crashes than the Christmas holiday.[5].

The term has a search history on Google beginning in 2014.[6]


  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. 
  3. ^ JENNIE RUNEVITCH, Police to increase patrols for "Blackout Wednesday" PUBLISHED: 11/23/2016
  4. ^ Tim Harlow, On 'Blackout Wednesday' law enforcement will be looking for blitzed drivers NOVEMBER 22, 2016
  5. ^ MADD MADD’s “Tie One On For Safety” Holiday Campaign Cautions Drivers as More Highway Deaths Caused by Drunk Driving 11/13/2012
  6. ^ Blackout Wednesday: Google Trends

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