A drop of hangx­i­ety

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Federal Politics -

WHEN fac­ing a din­ner party or a room full of strangers, a glass of wine can pro­vide much-needed Dutch courage for the shy.

But us­ing al­co­hol for con­fi­dence may not be a good idea, as it can lead to a much worse hang­over … or “hangx­i­ety”.

Shy peo­ple who have a few drinks feel more anx­ious when they are hun­gover the next day, a study found. Al­co­hol may re­duce ner­vous­ness in the brain at the time but there is a “re­bound ef­fect” that makes it worse the next day.

Uni­ver­sity of Ex­eter re­searchers found shy peo­ple were not sig­nif­i­cantly less anx­ious af­ter drink­ing — but did show more signs of anx­i­ety the next morn­ing.

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