Alcohol and Seizure Facts
Seizure medication can lower your alcohol tolerance, making you drunk faster than usual.
Many people with epilepsy are at a higher risk for seizures after 3 or more alcoholic beverages.
How Should I Manage Alcohol if I Have seizures?
- Avoid drinking, if you can.
- Avoid binge drinking.
- Withdrawal seizures from alcohol may occur 6 to 72 hours after the drinking has stopped.
- If this continues, someone with epilepsy can develop status epilepticus, which can cause death or brain damage.
- Don't abuse alcohol.
- Get help if you are someone who abuses alcohol.
- Alcohol withdrawal seizures may worsen your epilepsy.
- These types of alcohol withdrawal seizures are also common in people who don't have epilepsy.
- Talk to your doctor and health care team about alcohol consumption and your seizures or epilepsy.
- While driving, alcohol, and seizure medication combinations are dangerous.