Shy booz­ers more likely to get ‘hangx­i­ety’

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

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.

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