Seizures in alcohol-dependent patients: epidemiology, pathophysiology and management.

  title={Seizures in alcohol-dependent patients: epidemiology, pathophysiology and management.},
  author={Matti Hillbom and Ilkka Pieninkeroinen and Maurizio Leone},
  journal={CNS drugs},
  volume={17 14},
The relationship between alcohol and seizures is complex and multifaceted. The prevalence of epilepsy in alcohol-dependent patients of western industrialised countries may be at least triple that in the general population, whereas the prevalence of alcoholism is only slightly higher in patients with epilepsy than in the general population. The seizure threshold is raised by alcohol drinking and declines on cessation of drinking. As a result, during withdrawal from alcohol, usually 6-48 hours… CONTINUE READING
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