Chapter 29. Alcohol-Related Seizures

  1. Nils Erik Gilhus MD, PhD Professor9,
  2. Michael P. Barnes MD, FRCP Professor of Neurological Rehabilitation Medical Director10 and
  3. Michael Brainin MD Professor11
  1. G. Bråthen1,
  2. E. Ben - Menachem2,
  3. E. Brodtkorb1,
  4. R. Galvin3,
  5. J. C. Garcia - Monco4,
  6. P. Halasz5,
  7. M. Hillbom6,
  8. M. A. Leone7 and
  9. A. B. Young8

Published Online: 6 SEP 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328394.ch29

European Handbook of Neurological Management, Second Edition, Volume 1, Second Edition

European Handbook of Neurological Management, Second Edition, Volume 1, Second Edition

How to Cite

Gilhus, N. E., Barnes, M. P. and Brainin, M. (2010) Alcohol-Related Seizures, in European Handbook of Neurological Management, Second Edition, Volume 1, Second Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328394.ch29

Author Information

  1. 9

    Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Bergen and Department of Neurology, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway

  2. 10

    University of Newcastle, Hunters Moor Neurorehabilitation Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

  3. 11

    Department of Clinical Medicine and Prevention, and Center for Clinical Neurosciences, Donau-Universität Krems, Department of Neurology, Landesklinikum Donauregion Tulln Tulln, Austria

Author Information

  1. 1

    Trondheim University Hospital, and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

  2. 2

    Institute of Clinical Neuroscience, SU/Sahlgrenska Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden

  3. 3

    Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Ireland

  4. 4

    Hospital de Galdacano, Galdacano (Vizcaya), Spain

  5. 5

    National Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, Epilepsy Center, Budapest, Hungary

  6. 6

    Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland

  7. 7

    Ospedale Maggiore della Carità, Novara, Italy

  8. 8

    Dunsyre House, Dunsyre Carnwath, Lanark, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 SEP 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405185332

Online ISBN: 9781444328394



  • alcohol-related seizures;
  • alcohol-related seizure diagnosis;
  • biomarkers, for detection of alcohol overuse - questionnaire-based interviews reported to be more sensitive than any biomarker;
  • diagnostic yield of cerebral computed tomography (CT) - after a first alcohol-related seizure being high;
  • prolonged heavy drinking, causing - reduced absorption and increased excretion of thiamine;
  • drug options for primary prevention of alcohol withdrawal seizures;
  • hypomagnesaemia and respiratory alkalosis - associated with alcohol withdrawal;
  • secondary prevention of withdrawal seizures;
  • management of epilepsy in patients - with current alcohol overuse;
  • alcohol sensitivity - varying between epilepsy syndromes


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Background

  • Methods

  • Results

  • References