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‘Hangxiety’: What it is, who it affects, and its consequences

'Hangxiety': What it is, who it affects, and its consequences

New Delhi: ‘Hangxiety’ is a term that refers to the coming together of a hangover, and anxiety. In a study published in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, it was stated that almost half of the people who were studied, faced agitation the next day after drinking. The study found that apart from just hangover physically – drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue, etc., people experienced feelings of guilt, distress, and worry.

Hangxiety refers to feeling anxious after a night of drinking, fearing what you have said, done, or the after effects of all the fun you had when you were drunk like emotional after-effects, or physical injuries and illnesses that may happen due to it.

Effects of Hangxiety

A study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences studied the concept of hangxiety to determine who it affects, what effects can it have and what are the long-term consequences of the problem, and the results were as follows.

Emotional effects

Drinking can have adverse emotional effects on the drinker the next day. Emotions of fear, guilt, or embarrassment can follow the next day along with a hangover over things done while drunk- drunk calls, injuries, etc. Emotional effects of hangxiety can be worse than imagined.

Fear

Sufferers of hangxiety feel anxious to such levels that they have developed a fear of drinking because they want to avoid getting this anxious. Their normal lives also get affected as panic attacks become common, and they may slip into depression or have anxiety even when sober.

Who does Hangxiety affect?

Hangxiety is most likely to affect very shy people. The study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences recorded that very shy people are most vulnerable to experiencing hangxiety and may also develop dependence on alcohol because of the same and fall prey to the Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), a chronic disorder marked by a person’s inability to quit drinking alcohol despite of its adverse effects on his/her social, professional, or personal life. The study has revealed that people who are shy develop more hangxiety as compared to others who are more outgoing and extroverted. Hangxiety is linked to AUD symptoms in highly shy individuals.

Tip of the iceberg

It was understood that hangxiety may only be a symptom of a larger health problem, and also may become the cause of alcohol dependence. People who consume large amounts of alcohol may weaken their nervous system and hence the ability to think and react. This may, in turn, make them more anxious and drink more, causing worse hangovers and more anxiety. The cycle may continue and may need professional medical intervention to stop.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.

Article source: https://www.timesnownews.com/health/article/hangxiety-what-it-is-who-it-affects-and-its-consequences/331889

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