Is an Alcohol Headache Dangerous...


Alcohol headache, or hangover headaches as they're called, effect drinkers that aren't even prone to having headaches.

How a hangover headache happens is somewhat unclear, but it seems to be from metabolic disturbances in the brain. Drink enough alcohol, and get a headache. It's thought that drinking to much alcohol causes a type of brain hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. When it comes to low blood sugar, alcohol such as bourbon, brandy, scotch, vodka, rye, gin, cognac, and whiskey will create a drop in blood sugar.

If you inherited migraines and headaches from your parents, the chance of getting a headache after drinking alcohol may be greater that if headaches and migraines aren't the norm.

It's not only the alcohol that can give hangover headaches, but the ingredients, and flavorings that go in the alcohol.

Drinks such as red wine, champagne, and bourbon (darkest alcohol )are often mentioned as headache and migraine triggers because they have more congeners, which give each drink its flavor and color. They are the ones that trigger headaches the most. Some brands of alcohol contain sulfites, tyramine, and histamine. All are famous for dialing blood vessels.

Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach is much worse about dropping blood sugar than by eating a meal containing fats, protein, and carbohydrates. "Drinking without eating is much harder on the liver". This came from a doctor we talked with.

Don't give coffee to someone to sober them up if they suffer with headaches.

In a person that is prone to have headaches and migraines, an alcohol headache could be induced by this. The caffeine in coffee constricts blood vessels and stimulates nerves, and the alcohol that is consumed dilates blood vessels, and relaxes muscles. What could derive from a mixture of this to a person that already sufferers with migraines?

Dehydration can cause headaches.

Drinking beer is famous for this. Drinking water if alcohol is used will keep someone from becoming dehydrated. A dehydrated person can have a headache attack.

Is there such a thing as alcohol headache withdrawal?

The answer is yes. If someone drinks every day, and suddenly stops, blood vessels could suddenly constrict, and give a headache. That's the reason many people have to give up coffee. To much overtime going on with the blood vessels in the head from the caffeine.

Symptoms of alcohol hangovers.

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Shakiness upon holding a cup steady in the hand.
  • Headache or even a migraine

This all happens because of the toxic reaction in the body to alcohol.

If you drink enough, you may have to be hospitalized for alcohol poisoning. (My wife's brother was in the hospital once for that.) We live in a small community, and I've also heard of a couple of people over the years that have died from this. Consuming large amounts of alcohol quickly is extremely dangerous.

Be careful taking something for the pain the next day, if there is an alcohol headache to abort. With alcohol that's left in the body, and then taking something like acetaminophen for a headache can have very dangerous effects. Also make a note to which types of alcohol make the head hurt most, and stay away from them.

Info on pure alcohol

Ethanol, also called ethyl alcohol, pure alcohol, grain alcohol, or drinking alcohol, is a volatile, flammable colorless liquid. It's a powerful psychoactive drug, and one of the oldest recreational drugs. It's best known as the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages. In common usage, it's often referred to simply as alcohol or spirits.

Diseases that are caused by drinking.

After drinking, other things are going on in the body that may be much more painful at some point than having an alcohol headache.

  • Over time alcohol can give pancreatitis which results from scaring and inflammation of the pancreas.
  • Drinking can diminish vitamins and minerals which are crucial to the upkeep of our body.
  • High blood pressure can be from drinking alcohol.
  • Drinking effects the mind over time in its ability to function proper.
  • Drinking gives many people cirrhosis of the liver. Scaring makes it impossible for the liver to function property, and can result in death. For some people cirrhosis can be had in ten years or less from drinking alcohol.

Our summery on alcohol headaches.

If one drinks, drink in moderation, and if an alcohol headache is experienced from drinking, one will have to decide if the headaches are worth the drinking. But for each one of us, we are addicted to something, and sometimes we suffer the consequences from eating or drinking something that we know may harm us at some point in our life.

Although this page is info on having a headache by drinking alcohol, our last page is on TMJ headaches. Alcohol intake can be controlled, but TMJ, and the headaches you can have from it may need surgery. Our next page is on the dreadful rebound headaches. These headaches come from the consumption of to many pain killers, and effect over fifty percent of all headache sufferers. Don't miss it. Home page from alcohol headache.

Thanks so much for reading, hope this gave you info on hangover headaches.

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