From Our 2010 Archives

Teen Headaches Tied to Alcohol, Coffee

MONDAY, June 7 (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% of high school students surveyed reported suffering from migraines, and 15 to 25% 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% 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.

-- Randy Dotinga

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SOURCE: Wiley, press release, June 7, 2010