Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Teen Headaches Tied to Alcohol, Coffee

(HealthDay News) -- A new German study links drinking and smoking to higher rates of migraine and tension headaches among teens and young adults.

An estimated 5 to 15 percent of high school students surveyed reported suffering from migraines, and 15 to 25 percent said they have tension headaches. Migraines were more common among those who drank coffee and didn't get much exercise.

Astrid Milde-Busch, a researcher at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany, and colleagues surveyed 1,260 students aged 14 to 20 about headaches and their activities.

Of the students, 83 percent said they'd had a headache within the previous six months.

"Our study confirms that adolescents with any type of headache might benefit from regular physical activity and low consumption of alcoholic drinks," Milde-Busch said. "In teens suffering from migraine, a low coffee consumption should also be suggested."

Young adults who skipped meals weren't at higher risk of headache, the researchers found.

The study was published online June 7 in the journal Headache. Read more...

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