Risk factors for cluster headaches include:

  • Sex. Men are more likely to have cluster headaches.
  • Age. Most people with cluster headaches first develop the disorder between ages 20 and 50, although the condition can develop at any age.
  • Smoking. Many people who get cluster headache attacks are smokers.
  • Alcohol use. Alcohol can trigger an attack if you're at risk of cluster headache.
  • A family history. If a parent or sibling has ever had a cluster headache, you may have an increased risk of cluster headaches.
June 04, 2013