Glossary Of Terms - B
BAIL - security, usually a sum of money, exchanged for the release of an arrested person as a guarantee of that person's appearance for trial.
BENZODIAZEPINES - are the most commonly prescribed minor tranquillisers (for daytime anxiety relief) and hypnotics (to promote sleep). They include products such as valium, temazepam and mogadon.
BINGE - a period of excessive or uncontrolled indulgence in food, drugs or alcohol.
BLACKOUT - a loss of memory while drinking large quantities of alcohol. This means the person does not remember events that occurred while he or she appeared to other people to be alert and still functioning. Repeated blackouts from drinking often means the person has alcoholism.