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Yes, stopping drinking alcohol can cause headaches in some individuals. Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it increases urine production and can lead to dehydration, which can cause headaches. Additionally, alcohol causes blood vessels in the brain to widen, and when someone stops drinking, these blood vessels may constrict, which can also cause headaches. Furthermore, chronic alcohol use can lead to changes in brain chemistry, and when someone stops drinking, these changes can trigger withdrawal symptoms, including headaches. The severity and duration of the headaches may vary depending on the individual and their overall health. If you are experiencing headaches after stopping drinking, it is important to stay hydrated, get enough rest, and talk to your healthcare provider if the headaches persist or become severe.