Blackout Wednesday 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.[SUP][/SUP] 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 Yearâ€™s Eve or St. Patrickâ€™s Day.[SUP][/SUP] In some cities it is the top drunk driving night of the year[SUP][/SUP]due to underage drinking.