Spanish researchers have characterized headaches caused by alcohol intake, and alcohol is one of the main causes of headaches. The results showed that drinking alcohol can cause migraine-like headaches even for people without a personal medical history.
There are two main types headache: Primary colors without cause; and secondary, if so.In the second one, one is attributed to Alcohol consumption At the beginning of the first three hours after ingestion, it can be classified as acute headache after eating.And later popularly known as the Hangover.
Researchers from Valladolid University Clinical Hospital, University of Valladolid (grape), Danish Headache Center, University of Copenhagen and Salamanca Institute of Biomedicine (Isar) More accurately describes the headaches caused by drinking, and drinking is one of the main causes of headaches in Spain and the world.
He pointed out: “Although the most common types of headaches in the world are tension-type headaches and migraines, the prevalence of hangover headaches is higher in some countries, including Spain.” David Garcia Azorin,First author Works published in magazines Neurology.
García Azorín added: “The opinion of many experts is that hangover headaches cause migraine-like pain, although it is still unclear whether this occurs only in people with a history or in the general population.”
On the other hand, alcohol can inhibit the secretion of antidiuretic hormone, which can cause the loss of fluid emptying even greater than the intake of fluid. He added: “This leads to dehydration of the body and also affects the central nervous system. Headaches are caused by the decrease in intracranial pressure. This pressure usually appears when standing and disappears when lying down.”
In order to test these papers and more accurately characterize what kind of person the headaches caused by drinking are like, and to better understand the causes, in order to develop more effective treatments, the research team conducted extensive research among thousands of students.
Participants described pressure and high-intensity pain throughout the head (especially the frontal area). /Author
Most participants described pain throughout the head, especially the pressure and intensity of the frontal area. Symptoms of migraine are common, such as increased pain due to a crunch of the head, sensitivity to sounds and sounds, and nausea. It also includes a standing (posture) component, which can aggravate headaches when standing, and can improve headaches when lying down again.
“Our research results show that drinking alcohol can cause migraine-like headaches even for people without a personal medical history. According to the researchers, one-third of the participants met the migraine standards in the International Headache Classification.
For García Azorín, the cause may be the vasodilator effect of alcohol, which has been observed in migraine patients during attacks. Regarding the orthostatic component, the possible origin may be dehydration caused by the inhibition of antidiuretic hormone.
Although the most obvious solution to avoid this headache is to abstain from alcohol or avoid excessive drinking, experts point out that “adequate hydration also seems to be important, and it should be evaluated whether migraine-relieving drugs can also relieve this headache.”
The next step will be to “evaluate the factors associated with greater severity by conducting brain imaging studies and analytical studies during a hangover attack to measure the different hormones and neuropeptides involved and which drugs can provide greater relief of these symptoms. Verify the hypothesis.”.
García Azorín warned that although the research on alcohol seems to be an “understatement”, it is a social problem, “it consumes a lot of resources and can better understand the mechanisms of other common and disabling headaches.”
García-Azorín, D., Aparicio-Cordero, L., Talavera, B., Johnson, A., Shytz, HW and Guerrero-Peral, Á. L. (2020). Clinical Features of Delayed Headache from Alcoholism: A Study of 1,108 Participants. Neurology, 95(15), e2161-e2169.