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Doctor insights on: Alcohol Related Seizures

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Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more


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How are seizure and alcohol related?

How are seizure and alcohol related?

Many ways!: Alcohol brings down the threshold of nerve cells and make them more likely to fire off (RUM FITS) Sudden withdrawal can cause a seizure and then there are situations when prolonged use is related to cerebral atrophy, certain vitamin deficiencies or vascular events that in turn can cause seizures ...Read more

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Does alcohol lower the seizure threshold?

Does alcohol lower the seizure threshold?

Yes: Alcohol may lower seizure threshold. Withdrawal from alcohol after significant drinking may lead to a seizure. Alcohol may interact with anti seizure medications- nducing their elimination, or by causing more side effects. It is best to refrain from drinking alcohol to minimize the chance of having a seizure. ...Read more

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How does alcohol lower the seizure threshhold?

How does alcohol lower the seizure threshhold?

It depends: If you are taking seizure medication, it will accelerate it metabolism so the medication will dissiate more quickly. Alcoholic withdrawal gives seizures. ...Read more

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How possible (percentage-wise) am I to have a seizure from this much alcohol every night for over 2 months?

How possible (percentage-wise) am I to have a seizure from this much alcohol every night for over 2 months?

Unclear question: You do not indicate how much alcohol you consume, but your question suggests you may have a huge problem. If you stop drinking suddenly, you could suffer a withdrawal seizure. So, contact your doctor ASAP, consider entering an AA program, and get this addressed now. Do NOT wait, potential for disaster can be very profound. ...Read more

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Does alcohol affect seizures?

Does alcohol affect seizures?

Yes: Using alcohol with a history of seizures will and can lower thresholds for seizures to occur and thus increase the likelihood of increasing the incidence of seizures. One should be extremely careful about imbibing in alcohol if one has a seizure history. ...Read more

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Could smoking weed while withdrawing from alcohol cause seizures?

Could smoking weed while withdrawing from alcohol cause seizures?

Yes, it may: You shouldn't smoke weed even if you don't have seizures. Weed has the potential for worsening seizures, or lowering the threshold to have a seizure. ...Read more

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Does alcohol make epileptics more likely to have seizures?

Does alcohol make epileptics more likely to have seizures?

YES: In general, persons with seizure disorders should not drink alcohol. Alcohol lowers the seizure threshold and may also interfere with any seizure medications you may be taking rendering them less effective. If yoiu have a seizure disorder, you should discuss this very carefully with your pcp and/or neurologist before drinking alcohhol. I would just not do it! ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a seizure while intoxicated from alcohol?

Is it possible to have a seizure while intoxicated from alcohol?

Yes: Alcohol can lower seizure threshold for someone with existing seizure disorder, so yes. Withdrawing from alcohol, not alcohol itself, causes seizures. To be in withdrawal, one must first be alcohol dependent, which means one uses alcohol continually and develops a tolerance. One is not prone to seizures until stopping- seizures usually start within 7-48 hours after the last drink. ...Read more

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How much alcohol do you have to drink in order to have a seizure?

How much alcohol do you have to drink in order to have a seizure?

Depends: If you have seizure disorder it may not take much. Otherwise, seizures are mostly associated with stopping drinking in an alcoholic. Alcohol detoxification should be supervised by a physician. ...Read more

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