Was actor Nicholas Cage’s getting married to makeup artist Erika Koike a case of an MUI? Marrying under the influence? In this case, the influence would not be love.
Well, that seems to be what Cage is claiming in his annulment filing four days after obtaining a marriage license on March 23, according to Erin Crabtree writing for Us Weekly. Crabtree wrote that court documents stated that Cage “lacked understanding of his actions in marrying [Koike] to the extent that he was incapable of agreeing to the marriage. Prior to obtaining a marriage license and participating in a marriage ceremony, [they] were both drinking to the point of intoxication.” The documents also claimed that “as a result of his intoxication, when [Koike] suggested to [Cage] that they should marry, [he] reacted on impulse and without the ability to recognize or understand the full impact of his actions.”
This would have been the fourth marriage for the 55-year-old star of movies such as Leaving Las Vegas (1995), The Rock (1996), Face/Off (1997), Con Air (1997) and City of Angels (1998). His first three marriages were to Patricia Arquette from 1995 to 2001, Lisa Marie Presley from 2002 to 2004, and Alice Kim from 2004 to 2016. He is also the guy who said,“That’s funny, my name’s Roger. Two Roger’s don’t make a right,” in the movie Gone In Sixty Seconds (2000). It’s not clear what exactly Cage drank or how many Rogers (a drink with vodka, peach puree, lemon juice, and sugar syrup) he may have had. But this may have been a case where drinking alcohol left him with more than a hangover.
How common is it to have a spouse-over after getting intoxicated? There doesn’t seem to be official statistics since “are you currently drunk” does not typically precede “do you take this person to be your lawfully wedded husband or wife.” Internet searches for “what happens if I got married while drunk,” or “what to do if I got married while drunk” will return a variety of discussion forums, law firm web sites, and articles with “what have I done” or “what have you done” stories. (Of note, when you enter such search phrases, Google will also suggest adding the words “in Vegas.”) Moreover, the “married while intoxicated” plot line has appeared in a number of different television shows and movies such as The Hangover and What Happens in Vegas. All of this suggests that alcohol-induced marriages can occur and what happens in Las Vegas could actually come home with you. In fact, the state of Mississippi has the following provision for marriage licenses: “(f) In no event shall a license be issued by the circuit court clerk when it appears to the circuit court clerk that the applicants are, or either of them is, drunk, insane or an imbecile.”
Getting married while intoxicated is literally very heady stuff. Alcohol can mess around with the chemicals in your brain called neurotransmitters, as outlined by this publication in Alcohol, Health, and Research World. Your brain has excitatory neurons, nerve cells that increase brain activity, and inhibitory neurons, those that decrease brain activity. Alcohol can decrease the production of glutamate, a neurotransmitter that is used by excitatory neurons to transmit signals from nerve to nerve, and increase the amount of γ-amino butyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter used by inhibitory neurons. These effects can then suppress activity in certain parts of your brain such as your pre-frontal cortex. You can thank your pre-frontal cortex for having your job and most of your friends. It is the part of your brain responsible for information processing and rational thought. It’s the part that helps regulate and filter some of your more primitive impulses such as calling your boss a douchebag or farting with impunity. It is also the part that helps you process your feelings and the information that you are supposed to be getting from your senses. Alcohol may further impair your judgement by causing the firing of dopamine-releasing neurons. Dopamine makes you feel good, which in turn can override the feelings of dread or concern when you are about to make a bad decision. Then, there’s alcohol’s ability to boost levels of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that can in general increase the arousal of your nervous system, thus further increase your impulsiveness. So the next time you “beer-goggle,” you can blame all those neurotransmitters in your head.
(Excerpt) Read more in: Forbes