Consuming alcohol is a common seizure trigger for people with epilepsy. People who chronically consume large amounts of alcohol seem to be more likely to have epilepsy than people who don’t.

Consuming alcohol seems to aggravate seizures in people with epilepsy and may lead to increased seizure frequency. Doctors often warn people who have epilepsy to avoid alcohol or to only drink in moderation.

Alcohol has the potential to contribute to the development of seizures in multiple ways, such as:

  • directly changing brain activity
  • disrupting sleep
  • affecting antiseizure medications
  • leading to alcohol withdrawal
  • contributing to dehydration

This article explores how alcohol affects people with epilepsy and provides recommendations for how much alcohol is best to consume.


Source:, Susan W. Lee, DO, Daniel Yetman