Navigation Links
The association of alcohol drinking with migraine headache
Date:6/13/2011

Migraine is a neurovascular disease that affects about 15% of the western population. Compounds in foods and beverages (chocolate, wine, citrus, etc) considered as migraine triggers include tyramine, phenylethylamine and possibly histamine and phenolic compounds. Avoiding those triggers may significantly reduce the frequency of migraines in some patients.

However, only a small percentage of patients in one study became headache-free simply by excluding those foods, epidemiological studies are pointing out that genetic factors may be an underlying cause. Discrepancies in the way people are reacting to wine intake, and whether or not it triggers migraine, may be potentially explained by genetic polymorphisms in specific enzymes related to metabolism Alcoholic drinks are a migraine trigger in about one third of patients with migraine in retrospective studies on trigger factors. Many population studies show that patients with migraine consume alcohol in a smaller percentage than the general population. Research has shown a decreased prevalence of headache with increasing number of alcohol units consumed. The classification criteria of alcohol-related headaches remain problematic.

An excellent paper from The Headache Center in Empoli, Italy by Panconesi A et al (Curr Pain Headache Rep (2011) )15:177-184 summarizes the scientific data relating to alcohol and migraine headaches. The factors that trigger an attack of migraine, or of other headaches as well, are poorly understood. While retrospective studies tend to include alcohol as a trigger for an attack, the authors describe that in a recent prospective study (in which information on the factors that could potentially trigger an attack were collected prior to the migraine attack), menstruation, stress, and fatigue were found most commonly to relate to a subsequent attack, In the present paper, the authors reviewed the role and mechanism of the action of alcohol or other components of alcoholic drinks in relation to alcohol-induced headache. They conclude from their review that reports overestimate the role of alcohol, as well as other foods, in the triggering of migraine.

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research members thought that this was a very balanced review of the subject, and that it provided straightforward and sensible advice. Although some individuals surely have the onset of a migraine or other type of headache after the consumption of wine or alcohol, the findings are not consistent (in this study, beer consumption on the previous day reduced the risk of a migraine attack). Forum members suggest that given that subjects reporting migraine headaches have been found to be at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, it would not be appropriate to advise all such sufferers to avoid alcohol. As suggested by the authors of this paper, it may be reasonable for migraine sufferers to drink small amounts of specific types of alcoholic beverages to see if each beverage is tolerated or not. After seeing the effects, and factoring in symptoms from other dietary or lifestyle elements (sleep, stress, dehydration), a reasonable discussion can be carried out with one's physician with respect to commencing or continued alcohol use.


'/>"/>

Contact: R. Curtis Ellison
ellison@bu.edu
508-333-1256
Boston University Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Satellite Healthcares Sheila Doss Elected Western Chapters Coordinator-Elect of the American Nephrology Nurses Association
2. Highmark Foundation Awards $120,000 to the American Heart Association
3. Nurse-Attorney/Former Bristol-Myers Squibb Executive Selected To Lead New Jersey State Nurses Association
4. Emergency Nurses Association Announces Corporate Sponsors for Leadership Conference
5. American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report: Study Finds Racial Gaps Continue in Heart Disease Awareness, Low Knowledge of Heart Attack Warning Signs Among Women
6. Alzheimers Association Applauds Social Security Administration for Adding Early-Onset Alzheimers to Its Compassionate Allowances Initiative
7. DavisPTnetwork Partners with the New York Physical Therapy Association to Provide Online Continuing Education
8. Researchers Who Discovered First Genes for Stuttering will Present Findings to the National Stuttering Association
9. New American Heart Association Survey Finds Heart Disease and Stroke Patients Face Significant Barriers in Obtaining Quality, Affordable Care
10. Global Health Defined as Public Health in a New Lancet Commentary by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH)
11. American Heart Association Comment on Hospitalization of President Bill Clinton
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... two panels at the Advanced ERISA Benefit Claims Litigation seminar in Chicago, Illinois. ... the Administrative Record, The majority of cases litigated under ERISA involve claims for ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... Empower Brokerage, ... their training and leads programs. , In February, 2017, Empower Brokerage introduced their ... Performance Partners is designed to teach how to maximize their sales efforts, as ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , ... March 24, 2017 , ... “Vintage and Harvest ... retired minister and college Bible teacher residing in North Carolina with his wife, Anna ... have blessed them with six grandchildren. David is also the author of “Shadow and ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , ... March 23, 2017 , ... A recent report ... entry into teacher preparation programs. The NCTQ report suggests, based on a review of ... would significantly improve teacher quality in the U.S. It argues that this higher bar ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... PAINWeekEnd (PWE) Oklahoma City, on April ... will be an educational and exciting program providing busy clinicians and allied healthcare ... pain. , Oklahoma is in a healthcare crisis. The state ranks 46th in ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... -- Mosaic Life Care, based in St. Joseph, Missouri , has ... of 58 clinics, located in 22 cities, and its flagship St. Joseph Medical Center. ... the delivery of health care to its patients, including the insurance, billing and collections ... ... Mosaic Life Care St. Joseph Medical Center ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Executive Summary ... primary research (inputs from industry experts, companies, stakeholders) ... the analysis of global heart valve devices market ... Replacement Procedure By Technique (Mechanical, Bioprosthetic, Transcatheter Aortic ... Balloon Valvuloplasty, Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR)), By ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... March 23, 2017 ... Healthcare disease pipeline guide Primary Hyperoxaluria - Pipeline ... Primary Hyperoxaluria (Genito Urinary System And Sex Hormones) ... condition characterized by recurrent kidney and bladder stones. ... called oxalate. Symptoms include blood in the urine, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: