Why do I always feel so paranoid and anxious when I have a hangover?
Hang-xiety: it’s a thing! You know the usual symptoms of a hangover – the headaches, the nausea – but feelings of mental unease are also common. And there are physiological factors at play. “When your blood alcohol concentration starts to drop (aka a hangover), your brain experiences boomerang-like shifts in the levels of certain chemicals,” explains psychiatrist Dr Aparna Iyer. For example, alcohol mimics the effects of GABA, a neurotransmitter that helps people feel relaxed, which is why you might feel extra chill while you’re drinking. But during the infamous next-day hangover, the effects are reversed, causing anxiety to spike. Same with serotonin (the happiness hormone). To avoid these lows, limit your drinks to just one or two (especially if you have an anxiety disorder) and always sip on water while boozing.