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Alcohol as a trigger for migraine: What is the link?


Key clinical point: Alcohol intake slightly reduced the likelihood of migraine attacks 48 hours after consumption in an English-speaking cohort of patients with episodic migraine who identified themselves as mostly low-dose alcohol consumers.

Major finding: The probability of migraine attack 48 hours after consuming alcohol was 25% lower than that after no alcohol consumption (adjusted odds ratio 0.75; 95% CI 0.68-0.82); however, alcohol consumption had no significant effect on migraine probability 24 hours after consumption.

Study details: This observational prospective cohort study included 487 patients with episodic migraine who reported 5913 migraine attacks and were alcohol consumers.

Disclosures: The study was partially funded by Curelator, Inc. M Vives-Mestres and A Casanova declared receiving consulting fees and holding stock options in Curelator, Inc. N Rosen reported ties with a headache society, journals, and various other sources.

Source: Vives-Mestres M et al. Alcohol as a trigger of migraine attacks in people with migraine. Results from a large prospective cohort study in English-speaking countries. Headache. 2022;62:1329-1338. (Nov 27). Doi: 10.1111/head.14428

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