A drop of hangxiety
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.