To the teens:
I knew something was 'wrong with me' when I was in Jr. High, but I never told anyone about it. I was over 21 (am now 24) when I was diagnosed with epilepsy, and didn't start having grand mals until then. And, of course, I liked to go out drinking with my friends. When I started taking seizure meds, I was told not to drink, but, being me, I didn't listen. So, for one of my friend's 21st birthdays, a bunch of us went out for the evening. Short version is, I got back up to my apartment late, and fortunately with friends, and ended up having eight grand mals in a row, and stopped breathing on the paramedics in the ambulance. They started doing CPR, and ended up dislocating my colar bone from my sternum. Which is a very large OOOWWWIIIEEE!!!
Do I still hang out with friends and have fun? Heck yes! But I do it without the alcohol. Close friends know why I don't drink, and they hold me to it. For the less close friends, I'll walk around with a cup of something (usually Coca~Cola), so everyone assumes I have a drink, and I don't get bugged about it. I know it doesn't seem like it now, especially when you're fighting so hard to appear 'normal', but you really need to be careful. Mine is a good story, b/c no one got hurt but me, but I've lost a few friends to drunk driving, and when I read about alcohol and epilepsy together, I can't help but say something. My friends say I can be the life of the party, and that's without a single sip. I'm confident in who I am, and I go to have fun and relax. Interestingly enough, I've found it's more fun to watch other people when they're drunk, than to get drunk myself. Plus, I have the added bonus of not having the shakes the next day - or a hangover. ;)
Bottom line - PLEASE be careful!