When people say they ‘blacked out’, they generally mean they have lost consciousness for a short time. An example is fainting. However, in some cases, people can continue walking and talking during a blackout; they just don’t remember what has happened to them during this time. According to NICE, up to 50% of people in the UK will experience a blackout at some point in their lives. With so many people experiencing blackouts, this article looks to answer the question; what are blackouts?

What are Blackouts?

Blackouts (or a transient loss of consciousness) are a temporary loss of consciousness resulting from decreased blood flow to the brain or a momentary loss of consciousness where a person appears ‘absent’. In addition, people may blackout as a result of drinking too much alcohol or certain medications.

What Causes Blackouts?

While blackouts can be scary for the person experiencing them, there is often a simple explanation and nothing to worry about.  For example, they can be caused because a person has been standing for too long or is suffering from stress and anxiety.  However, blackouts can also be caused by more serious problems. For example, they could be the result of a neurological issue such as epilepsy.  In addition, certain medications can also cause people to blackout.

What to Do If You Have Blackouts?

If you experience blackouts, you should speak to your GP or a Neurologist as soon as possible. They will be able to explain ‘what are blackouts?’ and look for the causes.  They will also identify the best treatments for you. For those living in London, people experiencing blackouts can get help from Consultant Neurologist Dr Dominic Paviour. To find out how he can help you, contact him on 020 7042 1850 today to arrange a consultation.