Employment, marital, educational and social status in epileptic patients attending a seizure clinic were assessed. A total of 343 patients were evaluated. The social group, employment and marital status did not compare favourably with the overall population. Forty per cent of patients belonged to social group five and six compared with 14% of the population. Thirty three per cent of male patients aged 20 years or more were married, compared with 65% in the community. The corresponding statistics for females were 46% and 73% respectively. The male unemployment rate of 34% compared poorly with the unemployment rate of 13% for the period during which the study data was collected. Patients with lower educational attainments were significantly more likely to have poor seizure control (P less than 0.001), or required polypharmacy. A similar situation was found between seizure control and social status, with poor seizure control occurring in patients in social group six.