[Alcohol and epileptic seizures]

Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 1990 Feb 10;110(4):493-6.
[Article in Norwegian]


Epileptic seizures in alcohol abusing patients have different pathogenetic mechanisms and may occur at different stages of alcohol induced illness. It may be difficult to separate withdrawal seizures from real epilepsy. Detailed knowledge of the differential diagnosis and the effect of alcohol on the central nervous system is essential for correct management of the seizures. We give a synopsis of the classification of alcohol-related seizures, and discuss the indications for anticonvulsive treatment.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholism / complications*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Epilepsy / classification
  • Epilepsy / diagnosis
  • Epilepsy / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Seizures / etiology