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What are the symptoms of a migraine headache caused by alcohol?

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Alcohol can cause two different types of migraine headaches. You could get a headache within 30 minutes to three hours of drinking. You don’t have to chug a large amount for this to happen. Some people only sip a glass or two of wine before their head starts to throb. Or you might be fine until after your blood alcohol level returns to normal. This is called a delayed alcohol-induced headache. It may not show up until the morning after you drink. This type of headache can happen to anyone, but people with migraines are more likely to get one. It can happen even if you drink less than people who don’t get migraine headaches.

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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