Should Migraine Sufferers Abstain from Alcohol?
Most people who suffer from migraines frequently understand that alcohol can in fact trigger migraines. It’s common knowledge that red wine can trigger migraines. But did you also know that other types of alcohol can bring about severe headaches? It’s also a common fact that hangovers cause headaches. But did you also know that drinking alcohol more frequently can cause headaches to occur more frequently in general?
While many people have learned to develop a healthy relationship with alcohol, it’s my opinion as a physician who has seen many different patients that everyone is better off completely abstaining from alcohol, particularly those who are prone to getting headaches.
Some will cite studies that conclude that drinking a small amount of red wine every night can lead to good heart health. However, I would argue that the benefits associated with a small amount of red wine do not outweigh the benefits from abstaining from alcohol altogether, and they certainly do not outweigh the health risks associated with drinking a heavy amount of alcohol, whether it’s wine, beer, or liquor.
If you are a sufferer of headaches or migraine headaches, you may want to try ceasing all alcohol consumption and see if it makes a difference in your headaches. I guarantee that drinking no alcoholic beverages–particularly in combination with staying well hydrated and drinking a lot of water–will help you to see vast improvements in your amount of headaches.
For many people, stopping all alcoholic beverages is a simple task. However, if you find yourself unable to stop drinking, you may be an alcoholic. If you are an alcoholic, you should seek help by attending Alcoholics Anonymous (http://www.aa.org/) meetings or perhaps even find a rehabilitation program (https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/) near you. Both of these solutions are going to help you to live a much healthier life.
So while it is not completely necessary to abstain from alcohol to stop having headaches, I believe that those who don’t drink alcohol are much less likely to get frequent headaches. If you are considering making the choice to stop drinking alcohol, I would encourage you to give it a try. What do you have to lose? Well, the answer is health risks, potential liver disease, and of course, headaches.