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Posted by: trueornot | 2009/03/23

can alcohol abuse cause epilepsy?!

can alcohol abuse cause epilepsy?!

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Not directly as such, but potentially yes. Its not good for existing epilepsy, and would interact badly with anti-epileptic meds. It can cause various forms of brain damage, which can themselves encourage epilepsy. And alcohol withdrawal --- suddenly stopping or drastically cutting back on alcohol consumption the brain has grown used to, can indeed trigger serious epileptic fits, which is why medical help is wise when cutting back after longer heavy drinking. And DT's typically includes fits.

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