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Why can't I drink?

Hank Roth odin at world.std.com
Mon Nov 1 18:16:15 EST 1993

Why can't I drink?
Since I was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia and have been 
taking tegretol I can't drink very much without getting drunk. My 
wife thinks I'm an alcoholic and I'm not. I drink in moderation, 
but I do drink. Yesterday, while socializing with friends,  I had 
two screwdrivers and a martini and passed out [NOT falling down 
drunk but drunk nevertheless and by early evening I was 
unconscious until early the next morning].  Before going on 
tegretol I could have had twice that to drink and just felt good. 
So what is going on? 
The tegretol also affects my speech and I forget things. The 
other day I forgot which side of the road to drive on. One day I 
couldn't remember my wife's name for a few minutes [and we've 
been married 37 years]. 
If I don't take the medication I get the attacks. I tried to stop 
taking it last week and skipped it in the morning and at noon and 
by evening I had the first 1 minute [very painful] attack since I 
went on the medication---so obviously I can't stop taking it. 

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