Can alcohol intoxication cause convulsions and seizures?

Seizures. Alcohol intoxication or binge drinking can induce seizures. This can present with convulsion or whole body twitching, loss of consciousness, and loss of bodily functions. Injuries may occur during these spell. Seizures can also occur as part of withdrawal from chronic use of alcohol as well after abrupt cessation of drinking.
Alcohol: "Ism" Yes. But so can the early withdrawal from drinking heavily. Alcohol is nothing to laugh at. The health effects of our society's obsession with drinking are very real. Too much alcohol can be dangerous. Too frequent use of alcohol is dangerous. Moderation in both frequency of use and amount used at one time is vital.

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Can alcohol intoxication (not withdrawal) cause convulsions and or seizures and lower the seizure threshold?

Alcohol Poisoning. Yes. Of course. People can even die with too much alcohol in a setting. This is called alcohol poisoning. Sound like the person with these symptoms needs to get sober and to stay sober. Read more...
Get this addressed. Agree with dr killian, as risk definitely present. Bigger issue by far is not provocation of convulsions, but rather why are seizures present, and what will be eventual outcome of alcohol abuse. You see, alcoholics do suffer head injuries, with post-traumatic szs. If you or a close relationship is the subject, contact alcoholics anonymous asap. Read more...

Does alcohol intoxication raise the seizure threshold since its a sedative or no? Also can it prevent convulsions like other sedatives?

Seizure threshold. Alcohol in small amounts (less than 2-3/day) usually will not raise your seizure threshold. More alcohol than that can raise it. Best to stay away from it altogether unless you have alcoholism the withdrawal from which will almost certainly cause seizures to increase. Read more...
Not intoxicated. The dosage that might be okay would not cause intoxification - it would be very low. Here's info: http://www.epilepsymatters.com/english/lwealcohol.html As it says, if the seizures are not already under good control - it is risky and may bring on a seizure. I'd avoid more than a few sips - small glass of wine w/ food in any case. Talk to your own doctor too. You are special. Read more...
In high amounts. will lower the threshold making you more prone to a seizure, Acute alcohol withdralwal wiil icrease seizures. Read more...

Can alcohol lower the seizure threshhold? I read somewhere that alcohol is an anticonvulsant, but somewhere else said it can induce seizure when drunk

Both can be true. Although moderate alcohol consumption is not associated with increased seizure activity, binge drinking and alcohol withdrawal can cause seizures and even status epilepticus, a serious and potentially fatal condition. Most people with epilepsy are told to abstain from alcohol, and they are less likely than the general population to use or abuse alcohol. Read more...

Are there seizure meds on which I can safely drink alcohol? I'd love to be able to have two glasses of wine w/o getting drunk. (taking tegretol now)

Always a risk. Alcohol acts on your brain and all antiseizure medications do too. So anytime you mix those medications with alcohol there will be interactions. You have to be aware of what that does to you and decide if that's worth it to you. Read more...

Does alcohol intoxication lower the siezure threshold?

Yes. Yes, alcohol can cause certain types of seizures. If you are prone to seizures (especially if alcohol has triggered your seizures in the past) it would be wise to stay away from alcohol. Read more...

Is alcohol really an anticonvulsant and muscle relaxant or is that a myth? So if someone was having a seizure or convulsions would alcohol help them?

Alcohol. Myth. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressor. It will suppress and impair normal bran functions. It does not offer antiseizure properties. In fact, it may aggravate seizures in patients with predisposing conditions like epilepsy or brain lesions. Read more...
Alcohol & seizures. I agree with dr. Gaya. Alcohol does "relax" muscles, but the effects are not precise. If someone is in alcohol withdrawal (not yet seizures) alcohol could calm that -- but isn't the best method to use. If a person is actively seizing, you can't give them alcohol to drink because: 1. They can't follow your directions and 2. They could aspirate the drink into their lungs -- very dangerous. Read more...