How can alcohol affect migraines?

Steven A. Meyers, MD
Diagnostic Radiology
Alcohol is a common trigger of migraine. Beer and red wine are the most commonly identified triggers. Clear alcohols such as vodka and gin seem less likely to trigger attacks but can still do so.
Alcohol can worsen migraines. In this video, Adel Olshansky, MD, a neurologist at West Hills Hospital, describes how alcohol can affect the body's chemistry, causing or worsening migraines.

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