There is yet another reason for parents to be on the lookout for teen alcohol use and other dangerous behaviors. Migraine headaches are more common among teenagers who drink coffee or alcohol, smoke cigarettes, or do not get much exercise, according to a new study from Ludwig-Maximilians University in Germany.
- Astrid Milde-Busch surveyed 1260 students ages 14 to 20 years old about headaches.
- Over 80 percent had experienced a headache within the past six months, but they were more common among those who drink coffee or alcohol, smoke cigarettes and/or do not exercise.
- About 5 15 percent of high school students have migraines, and 15 to 25 percent have tension headaches.
- Skipping meals was not associated with headaches.
"Our study confirms that adolescents with any type of headache might benefit from regular physical activity and low consumption of alcoholic drinks," Dr. Milde-Busch says. "In teens suffering from migraine, low coffee consumption should also be suggested."
The study appeared in the journal Headache.
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