Top 75 Migraine and Headache Questions, #13

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    What is connection between migraines and alcohol usage? Should a migraine sufferer totally avoid alcohol or what guideline should one follow. I know there is a caution re red wine, but what about other liquors? Are there any types more likely to serve as 'triggers' for Migraineurs? Should a Migraineur limit these beverages in order to avoid auras, etc.? Many Thanks. Buddy.


    Dear Buddy;

    The connection between alcohol and Migraine is entirely dependent upon the individual Migraineur and how their body reacts to the alcohol. For some Migraineurs, no alcoholic beverage is a trigger; for some, any alcoholic beverage is a trigger. This is something each Migraineur must find out for him- or herself. As for auras, that's not dependent upon alcohol, but the type of Migraine a person experiences. There's Migraine with aura and Migraine without aura.
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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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Published On: April 10, 2007