Shy boozers more likely to get ‘hangxiety’
VERY shy people are more likely to suffer ‘hangxiety’ – anxiety during a hangover – than their extrovert friends, new research suggests.
In a study of almost 100 social drinkers with either high or low levels of shyness, drinking about six units of alcohol slightly decreased anxiety in highly-shy people.
The next day, however, this slight relaxation was replaced by a significant increase in anxiety – a state of ‘hangxiety’ among the shy drinkers.
The researchers, from the University of Exeter and UCL, also found a strong link between hangxiety and higher scores in a test that is used to identify alcohol use disorder in highly-shy people.
Professor Celia Morgan, of the University of Exeter, said: “We know that many people drink to ease anxiety felt in social situations, but this research suggests that this might have rebound consequences the next day.
“These findings also suggest that hangxiety, in turn, might be linked to people’s chance of developing a problem with alcohol,” she said.