On the other hand, in some groups, alcohol seems to have protective effects against headaches. While alcohol can trigger tension headaches, it is most commonly associated with migraines and cluster headaches. Low-dose alcohol, especially red wine, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Migraine, specifically with aura or high frequency, increases the risk of some cardiovascular diseases.
The non-selective suggestion of alcohol withdrawal for all migraine patients is not correct. In fact, patients with a high frequency of migraine at increased risk of ischemic stroke may benefit from a low dose of alcohol. Certainly, alcoholic beverages can trigger migraine and tension headache in some subjects. Alcohol has long been associated with the development of headache, and about a third of migraine patients note alcohol as a trigger.
Based on this association, population studies show that migraine patients tend to drink alcohol less frequently than people without migraine. Wine in particular is an alcoholic beverage that has been linked to headaches that date back to ancient times, when Celsius (25 sec, C. Despite this common belief, there is very little scientific evidence to support the belief that wine is a more common trigger for headaches than other forms of alcohol. Vasodilation cannot explain late alcohol-induced headache, since the alcoholic hangover symptom appears when alcohol levels drop to zero.
People who drink alcohol regularly, or those who are taking certain specific medications that affect liver enzymes, may metabolize alcohol more quickly and, as a result, have fewer poisoning and hangover problems. Researchers said: “The findings suggest that alcohol is an effective pain reliever that produces clinically relevant reductions in pain intensity indices, which could explain alcohol abuse in people with persistent pain, despite its potential long-term health consequences. The main form of alcohol in alcoholic beverages is ethanol, but darker spirits contain chemically related compounds (congeners), including methanol. Since alcohol can trigger a migraine attack, in a sense, only a small number of people with migraine should drink alcohol.
The effects of alcohol poisoning are relatively predictable based on the measured blood alcohol content.