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Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2014 Jan;72(1):24-7. doi: 10.1590/0004-282X20130186.

Alcohol use problems in migraine and tension-type headache.

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  • 1Departamento de Patologia e Clínica Médica, Escola de Medicina, Santa Casa de Misericórdia, VitoriaES, Brazil.
  • 2Programa de Pós-Graduação em Neurociências, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo HorizonteMG, Brazil.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study was to assess alcohol use problems in patients with migraine and tension-type headache.

METHOD:

We evaluated 81 patients with migraine and 62 patients with tension-type headache. The identification of alcohol consumption problems was carried out with Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT). Alcohol use problem was defined as an AUDIT score of 8 or above. The headache impact was calculated with headache impact test (HIT-6).

RESULTS:

The proportions of alcohol use problem among patients with migraine and tension-type headache were 5.2% and 16.1%, respectively (P=0.044). The headache impact was significantly higher with migraine than with tension-type headache (P<0.0001). There was an inverse correlation between headache impact and AUDIT (P=0.043).

CONCLUSIONS:

Our results suggest that migraine patients are less prone to alcohol use problems than tension-type headache patients. One of the possible reasons is that migraine is associated with greater impact than tension-type headache.

PMID:
24637978
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