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Drinking and Epilepsy...

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Hi, I'm Shelitha. I'm a freshman at UTK. I've been really good so far about stopping the whole drinking thing. I use to party and drink all the time when I was younger, around junior year, but at the end of that year my seizures got worse. So in my senior year, I had a complete turn around and went months without having a drink, but now I'm at college, one that is pretty known as a party school, although it is a dry campus... right...

It kinda hard to have a social life without drinking, and I know that sounds totally lame and I've never been one to be pressured into anything, but I still like to drink I've just been staying away from it because it could be potentially really dangerous. Its soooooooo tempting here though. I havent had anything to drink since May, when I had a glass of champange after my graduation, but this weekend its like all everyone wants to do is drink and I keep getting invited to all these events based around drinking. Even a student organization I am in is even having a social and what do they decide to do... have a flip cup challenge... fantastic...

The first party is thursday and I really just don't know what to do, because I dont want to go and just sit there and be the only sober person, because I know from fact that that sucks. But then on the other hand, I'm scared to drink, because I havent had a drink in a long time and dont really know my limits anymore and its really bad for your epilepsy right??? But then if I don't go I feel like that would look bad and I would probably be bored this weekend...

I need advice.

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Re: Drinking and Epilepsy...

i know this may sound lame but you don't need to drink to have fun. you can go to the social and be the only one sober there and still have fun. think of it this way... everyone is drunk sooo no one will remember... you will... think of all the crazy stuff that you will remember. plus date rape drugs. you will be more alert and less liable to fall under that little category.

just go out and go crazy. the only thing alcohol does is lowers your inhibitions to do things you normally dont do. just do them. embarrassed to dance like a fool? do it anyway... everyone else is... they're drunk. who cares...

wanna do some drinking games? i play quarter bounce with coke with my friends. not same but you can still have fun.

or you can stay at home and study which sounds like a lot of fun... *yawn*

when life gives you lemons... smell an orange

Re: Drinking and Epilepsy...

Kelly J. Canada

You really dont need to drink to have fun. I know that does sound pretty lame! I go to the bars and parties with my husband and friends and they are all drinking and having fun, but so am I, only I am drinking Soda! They all understand that I cant drink. I would rather be safe than sorry. I dont wanna have to suffer the consequences from one night of drinking.

Re: Drinking and Epilepsy...

I go out with my Boyfriend to the Bar and I drink Soda all the time. He knows I can't Drink and he doesn't pressure me into drinking. I had my first Grand Mal After a Night of Drinking so I stay away from it. You can go out with your friends and just drink soda, they will understand. You won't be bored, trust me.. you will be busy laughing at your friends and having fun with them. Just because you are not drinking does not mean you can't have the same fun they are having. You will have a good time.

Re: Re: Drinking and Epilepsy...

I've posted this elsewhere here before, and it still goes for me about alcohol. As much as I hate my Epilepsy, I'm not going to give something like alcohol the chance to be the reason as to why I have a Seizure. The way I see it, if I do have a Seizure, I'll know it wasn't because I was drinking. Simple process of elimination. I know the things I need to do to make sure I take care of myself right, take my meds, eat right, and get plenty of rest. Drinking doesn't fit anywhere on that list.

Re: Drinking and Epilepsy...

you know what's even more fun than being drunk with other drunk people...........Being sober and secretly making fun of all of the drunk people.

I've actually been going over the same dilemma, my husband and I are going to a party this weekend and there will be drinking and this is the first time in a long time that we will be going out alone, without kids. I have not had a drink in 9 years and have been considering it, but I have been reading and and decided now that it's not worth it.
I've heard that you can actually have a seizure a few days later because of drinking and I can't risk that with my kids. It's scary enough to think that I could have a seizure at any time (driving my kids to school) so I don't want to increase my chances.
When you go to this party this weekend show your friends that people actually can have fun without drinking. Just think, you will be the only one who will get anything done the next day and with out the hangover. Do you have a friend who doesn't drink who can go with you?

Re: Drinking and Epilepsy...

Thanks everyone. I have my plan for this weekend. I weighed my options and I'm not going to drink. I really don't want to, because it's not worth it and I'm glad that I can go to these events and not feel bad for not drinking. :)