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Alcohol in essential tremor and other movement disorders

Authors

  • Giovanni Mostile Md, PhD,

    1. Parkinson's Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic, Department of Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA
    2. Department of Neurosciences, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
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  • Joseph Jankovic, Md

    Corresponding author
    1. Parkinson's Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic, Department of Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA
    • Professor of Neurology, Distinguished Chair in Movement Disorders, Director Parkinson's Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic, Department of Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, The Smith Tower, Suite 1801, 6550 Fannin, Houston, Texas 77030
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  • Potential conflict of interest: Nothing to report.

Abstract

Many patients with essential tremor (ET) report transient improvement of symptoms after drinking alcohol. However, the brief duration of action, subsequent rebound, and the risk of developing alcohol addiction make the use of alcohol as a treatment for ET inappropriate. Whether excessive alcohol consumption is a risk for or a consequence of ET has been a subject of some controversy. In this review, we critically examine the mechanism of action of alcohol and its role in ET and other movement disorders. © 2010 Movement Disorder Society

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