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A 23-year-old male asked:

Is alcohol in anti convulsant since it is a gaba agonist like benzodiazepines?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Yes, but not Rx : Alcohol does lower seizure risk, but i wouldn't use as 'anticonvulsant' given that benefit to risk ratio is very low.
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
Only for a while: If you are drunk, you have lower risk of seizures but once alcohol wears off, the risk of seizures increases more than if you did not drink at all.

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