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How can you tell if alcohol triggers your migraine headaches?

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Alcohol triggers 1 of every 3 migraine headaches. If you aren’t sure that alcohol is to blame for your headaches, try keeping a diary. Each time you drink, write down the type of alcohol you have, the amount, and if and when you had a migraine. Include how you felt 48 hours before that and note any stress or anxiety you felt at the time. Over time, you should be able to see a pattern. A migraine each time you have a night out should be good reason to skip it.

SOURCES:

Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice : “Alcohol consumption and hangover patterns among migraine sufferers.”

NHS Choices: “Antihistamines -- How They Work,” “Migraines -- Causes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Migraine: Symptoms and Causes.”

Current Pain and Headache Reports: “Alcohol and Migraine: What Should We Tell Patients?”

American Migraine Foundation: “Understanding Migraine: Alcohol and Migraine.”            

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Hangover Headache.”

National Headache Foundation: “Alcohol and Headaches,” “Facts About Triptans.”

The Journal of Headache and Pain : “Alcohol and migraine: trigger factor, consumption, mechanisms. A review.”

National Stroke Association: “Ischemic Stroke.”

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: “What Is a Standard Drink?”

Drugs Under Experimental and Clinical Research : “Wine and migraine: compatibility or incompatibility?”

Reviewed by Stephen D. Silberstein on July 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice : “Alcohol consumption and hangover patterns among migraine sufferers.”

NHS Choices: “Antihistamines -- How They Work,” “Migraines -- Causes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Migraine: Symptoms and Causes.”

Current Pain and Headache Reports: “Alcohol and Migraine: What Should We Tell Patients?”

American Migraine Foundation: “Understanding Migraine: Alcohol and Migraine.”            

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Hangover Headache.”

National Headache Foundation: “Alcohol and Headaches,” “Facts About Triptans.”

The Journal of Headache and Pain : “Alcohol and migraine: trigger factor, consumption, mechanisms. A review.”

National Stroke Association: “Ischemic Stroke.”

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: “What Is a Standard Drink?”

Drugs Under Experimental and Clinical Research : “Wine and migraine: compatibility or incompatibility?”

Reviewed by Stephen D. Silberstein on July 17, 2017

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