Living with epilepsy

It’s important for you to find out what triggers your epilepsy and how to spot the warning signs of a seizure. The more you know, the easier it is to avoid the things that make you unwell.

Some people find drinking too much alcohol causes seizures. And because heavy drinking is linked to poor sleep, your risk increases because of this too. Alcohol can also stop your AEDs from working properly or make the side effects of your medicine worse. AEDs can make you feel more drunk than you normally would, too.

The recommended daily limits for alcohol are three to four units for women or three to four units for men.

It’s your legal responsibility to tell the DVLA that you have epilepsy so they can review your driving licence. This is because if you had a seizure while driving, your safety and others’ would be at serious risk.

Relevant Topics



What is epilepsy?

Treatment for epilepsy

Living with epilepsy

Epilepsy Services

Shropshire Services & Support Groups - Epilepsy

National Services - Epilepsy

Self Care and Support

Self Care and Support - Introduction

Self Care and Support - Aims

Shropshire Services & Self-Help Support Groups - Self Care and Support

National Services - Self Care and Support


Wellbeing Plan (Care Plan)

Wellbeing Plan (Care Plan) - Information

Wellbeing Plan (Care Plan) - Document Sections